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I've tried to set up a trivial repository with binary .debs for internal use, but apt-get doesn't see the packages. I've done the following:

On the web server:

  1. Created the binary debs with dpkg-buildpackage
  2. Put all of the binary debs in a web-accessible directory which corresponds to
  3. Generated a Packages.gz file in the same directory by doing:

    dpkg-scansources . /dev/null | gzip -9c > Packages.gz

On the client machine:

Added the following line to my /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb /

Ran: sudo apt-get update

The output related to my trivial repository looked like this:

Ign  Release.gpg
Ign  Translation-en_US
Ign  Release
Ign  Packages
Ign  Packages
Hit  Packages

But I can't install the package by name. For example, there's a package called "python-nova" which corresponds to package python-nova_2011.3-custom~bzr680-0ubuntu1_all.deb

I've tried to do: apt-get install python-nova, but I get the following error:

$ sudo apt-get install python-nova
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package python-nova
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Did you check the contents of Packages.gz on the server ? Does it contain the information for python-nova as expected ? – João Pinto Feb 15 '11 at 22:09
can you try with dpkg-scanpackages instead of dpkg-scansources – jet Feb 15 '11 at 22:52
Instead of doing things manually like that, use a tool for built for the task. – Tshepang Feb 16 '11 at 0:36
@jet That was it! I was using dpkg-scansources when I should have been using dpkg-scanpackages. If you add this as an answer, I'll accept it. – Lorin Hochstein Feb 16 '11 at 1:53
up vote 3 down vote accepted

can you try with dpkg-scanpackages instead of dpkg-scansources

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