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Re: [Pulp-list] help with pulp_deb

Definitely start here: https://pulp-dev-guide.readthedocs.org/en/pulp-2.1/newtypesupport/index.html

The first issue to address: Is it actually valuable to use python-apt for this?

- if so, it might be a pain in the neck to get it installed and working in an RPM-based distro unless you can re-package it yourself or find it from a source besides EPEL and Fedora. I think apt-rpm might be the only reason it's in EPEL at all, and apt-rpm looked abandoned last time I investigated. It might be worth trying to get pulp (the platform only) installed and running in a debian-based distro, and develop from there.

- if not, figure out what libraries or other tools you might want to use to parse debian packages and create debian repositories, and see if they are available in any RPM-based distros. Since nobody has ever tried installing pulp on a debian-based distro, it could save you some headache to avoid being the first.

Looking at the existing code, it's difficult to know how functional it is in terms of parsing the metadata from an upstream repository and getting metadata about individual packages. There are some things in pulp.deb.common.model that attempt some parsing, so you might look into how complete that is.

There doesn't seem to be any code to handle publishing a debian repository yet.

So it's difficult to know if you should start fresh or go from his existing work. It's probably worth spending a little time reading through the developer guide, and then understanding how the current code matches up. Then see what your requirements will be especially with regards to python-apt, and report back. :)

Good luck,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Terhaar" <rterhaar atlanticdynamic com>
To: pulp-list redhat com
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 4:10:19 PM
Subject: Re: [Pulp-list] help with pulp_deb

Hi Michael,
Thank you for the information. I emailed Endre a few weeks ago, and have not heard back.

I will review python-apt and libapt and try to build some updated packages.

I began reviewing the code in pulp_deb, and it looks like pulp_deb used pulp_puppet as a template. However, I don't understand some of the conventions, and there isn't any documentation in Endre's repo.

Do you think it would be easier to start a new plugin, or to continue working with Endre's code? What is the best way to get started writing a new pulp plugin from scratch?

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