We have our own internal package repository hosted on a webserver running apache.

Internal users who want to install one of these packages point these sources.list to the webserver & do a apt-get update & apt-get install packgname.

One of these packages is a package called ourpkgname_1.0.0-0_all.deb

now i have made come changes and created a new updated package called ourpkgname_1.0.1-0_all.deb.

I have no idea how to remove the original package from the webserver directory & add the new version. just deleting it at the /tmp/mirror/pool etc & copying the name package doesn't work. I am assuming there is some command which i need to run to copy & regenarate anything at the repository, but don't know how to.

Can someone help or point me to the appropriate documentation

3 Answers 3


As you already have it all set up, then the steps outlined in this blog post will probably be enough to get you going in the right direction.


I find reprepro a great tool for this. It makes repository creation and maintenance a piece of cake. Here's some pruned instructions from the manual:

  1. Decide where you will place your repository (YOURBASEDIR=/path/to/custom/repo).
  2. Create a directory structure (mkdir -p $YOURBASEDIR/conf).
  3. Create a text file in there (editor $YOURBASEDIR/conf/distributions) and add this:

    Codename: custom_repo
    Components: main
    Architectures: i386
  4. Add your package:

    reprepro --basedir $YOURBASEDIR includedeb custom_repo ourpkgname_1.0.1-0_all.deb
  5. Add this line to your "/etc/apt/sources.list":

    deb file:/path/to/custom/repo custom_repo main
  6. Then the usual apt-get update && apt-get upgrade, after which your version 1.0.1-0 is an apt-get away.

This tool is quiet capable, so if you want more than this simple use-case (e.g. if you want to import your current custom repo, or if you want to add gpg signatures), go have a look at the website and/or the manpage.


Take a look at this page in the Debian Repository HOWTO



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