aptly repo add

Command adds packages to local repository from .deb (binary packages), .udeb (binary packages for Debian installer) and .dsc (source packages) files. When importing from directory aptly would do recursive scan looking for all files matching *.[u]deb or *.dsc patterns. Every file discovered would be analyzed to extract metadata, package would be created and added to database. Files would be imported to internal package pool. For source packages, all required files are added as well automatically. Extra files for source package should be in the same directory as *.dsc file.


$  aptly repo add <name> <package file>|<directory> ...

Params are:

  • name is local repository name


  • -force-replace: when adding package that conflicts with existing package, remove existing package
  • -remove-files: remove files that have been imported successfully into repository

Local repositories work best for distribution of in-house software or for custom-built upstream packages. Command aptly repo add allows to add source packages and built binary package to local repository. Local repository could be snapshotted, possibly mixed with snapshots of official repositories and published.

aptly won’t complain if package is added to the repo which is complete duplicate. However it is forbidden to have two packages in one repo with identical triples (architecture, name, version) that have different metadata or files (see Duplicate packages for details). If you need to replace package that conflicts with existing, use flag -force-replace. All files added to package pool would be deduplicated, as it happens with files coming from mirrors, so exactly one copy of each file would be stored in aptly pool.

Flag -remove-files allows to implement concept of incoming/ directory where packages are removed as soon as they’re imported into database.


$ aptly repo add testing files/libboost-program-options-dev_1.49.0.1_i386.deb
Loading packages...
[+] libboost-program-options-dev_1.49.0.1_i386 added