I have a local Debian repository I run for our organization using reprepro. This local repository hosts custom software we develop ourselves. There are Debian packages from other sources not included in the official Debian repos that I would like to add to our local repository.

Normally when I build a package I upload it to our local repository using dput which requires a .changes file. If I get a Debian package from another source, I get only a .deb file and no .changes file.

How do I upload a .deb file to our local repository without the .changes file?

  • And how is this related to Ubuntu? Please edit your answer and add which version of Ubuntu this question is for. – user68186 Nov 10 '17 at 0:06
  • @user68186 -- ubuntu uses debian packages (note: this refers to package type not distro name) – ravery Nov 10 '17 at 0:42
  • @ravery - Well Ubuntu uses Debian packaging, apt, and .deb, that does not mean you can install any .deb on Ubuntu, nor does it mean you can install a Debian package, .deb or not. Also repository names / structure an not the same for Debian (squeeze or wheezy) or Ubuntu (trusty and zenial and artful) So it makes a difference if this repository is for Debian or Ubuntu . – Panther Nov 10 '17 at 0:59
  • See wiki.debian.org/DebianRepository/… – Panther Nov 10 '17 at 0:59
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    There are many distros that uses deb packages. However, only questions about currently supported versions of Ubuntu and its official derivatives are on-topic here. If your question is about Debian, Mint, or any other Debian based distro, or about versions of Ubuntu that have reached the end of their life, then the question is off-topic. If your question is about generic Debian repositories, you may want to ask it in unix.stackexchange.com. – user68186 Nov 11 '17 at 0:38

With reprepro, you don't need a changes file for uploading a deb file. There's the includedeb subcommand:

$ reprepro -b /var/www/repo includedeb xenial grep_3.1-2\~16.04.york0_amd64.deb
Exporting indices...
$ cd /var/www/repo; find pool

Change -b /var/www/repo to suit wherever your reprepro root directory is located.

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