Changes in local Debian package build system


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Changes in local Debian package build system

In the past I have generated local Debian packages on my workstation and uploaded them to the apt server.
Recently I moved them to the apt server itself so packages can be updated remotely if need be.
The build script is basically a fancy wrapper around a pretty standard debian build method. It downloads upstream code (like for oxygen) and re-packages it, as well as building meta packages and a config package that is site-specific.
I am currently building the following packages:

  1. hcmc-desktop - a meta package that installs packages we use like java, fonts, ssh, subversion, etc.

  2. hcmc-conf - a configuration package that includes a collection of scripts/files that set up a machine for use in our lab. This includes everything from setting JAVA_HOME and mimelists (for oXygen etc.) to auto-configuring hostname, default skel and firefox profiles.

  3. hcmc-auth-sssd - this installs and configures SSSD, which we use for LDAP authentication on our machines. It's a separate package from hcmc-conf for practical reasons.

  4. hcmc-oxygen - this is a repackaging of the oXygen XML editor for deployment in our labs. Doing this way allows easy upgrades.

  5. hcmc-style - basically just look-and-feel stuff such as wallpaper, theme, icons, and colour-schemes that I like.

The script finishes by invoking reprepro to ingest the package and offer it via apt install.


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