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Michael Carland
2005-08-04, 18:27
--- davejay <davejay.1t9e41 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:

>
> After searching and reading forum entries on the subject, I installed
> the following on my new Debian Sarge box:
>
> 1. The 6.1 RPM, into /usr/local/slimserver;
>

This doesn't help you, but I have a question. I've always installed the
SlimServer from the tgz file, and have been too lazy to look for a Debian
package of it. Since you are installing an RPM, I assume there is no DEB?

If there's not, I may try my hand at it. I've always wanted to learn how
they are made, but haven't found a package that I use that needed it, that
I thought would be simple enough for a first attempt.

-Michael

dean
2005-08-04, 19:01
Michael,

We've been longing for somebody to take a crack at the deb package.
That would be great!

On Aug 4, 2005, at 6:27 PM, Michael Carland wrote:
> This doesn't help you, but I have a question. I've always installed
> the
> SlimServer from the tgz file, and have been too lazy to look for a
> Debian
> package of it. Since you are installing an RPM, I assume there is
> no DEB?
>
> If there's not, I may try my hand at it. I've always wanted to
> learn how
> they are made, but haven't found a package that I use that needed
> it, that
> I thought would be simple enough for a first attempt.

Patrick Dixon
2005-08-05, 00:43
I've just installed SS on ubuntu and I read that there is a package called 'alien' which will take an rpm and convert it to a deb. I did my install the manual way, but would the 'alien' approach work?

max.spicer
2005-08-06, 08:06
The problem with using Alien to install rpms on Debian is that many rpms are written specifically to install to redhat systems. Redhat have different directory structures and different standard locations to Debian, so you can end up with things going in pretty weird locations, but still working, or just with things in completely the wrong location that don't work at all. I know nothing about ubuntu, but you may well find that the same applies. My preferred method has been to install via svn to /usr/local/ and then use one of the init scripts from the wiki. Once it works, updates are trivial - you just type 'svn update' in the slimserver directory.

Max


I've just installed SS on ubuntu and I read that there is a package called 'alien' which will take an rpm and convert it to a deb. I did my install the manual way, but would the 'alien' approach work?

Michael Carland
2005-08-07, 17:57
--- Christian Pernegger <pernegger (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:

> > If there's not, I may try my hand at it. I've always wanted to learn
> how
> > they are made, but haven't found a package that I use that needed it,
> that
> > I thought would be simple enough for a first attempt.
>
> IIRC someone else has tried getting slimserver into Debian before, and
> failed because some parts (fonts?) are not DFSG free.
>
> For a "third-party" deb it would be nice to just include the debian/
> subdirectory in the official source, so a dpkg-buildpackage in a
> directory with the extracted source is all that's needed to get a
> package. (cf. mplayer)
>
> C.

Yep, I was thinking 3rd party. So far I have gone through and cataloged
the different parts, and where I think they go in a proper Debian system.
I've also made a list of the Perl modules that come with SlimServer, but
are already available as debs. No sense installing the same thing twice.
The one perl module I can't find already made is HiRes. At that point it
was getting late, and I haven't looked at it again.

I'm working on a few other things (most importantly finding employment) at
the same time, so I've been progressing in spurts. I'm sure I'll have a
question or two for the list before I have it working.

-Michael