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    Re: Build (backport) an newer Ubuntu package to run on an older Ubuntu version

    That's for Power PC. If you are on i386 then you don't need the powerpc packages

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    Re: Build (backport) an newer Ubuntu package to run on an older Ubuntu version

    I should have said that I am on Power PC.

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    Re: Build (backport) an newer Ubuntu package to run on an older Ubuntu version

    Quote Originally Posted by ubuntubrian View Post
    I should have said that I am on Power PC.

    Apparently the auto-generated sources.list is broken for PowerPC -- try comparing and adjusting yours as described here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=427714

    P.S.: I have been using PowerPC myself but have temporarily "jumped ship" to Intel for my main work and will tinker with PowerPC on a system that ISN'T holding my daily work. Dapper still works on PowerPC but it's getting really dated and sadly, more critical stuff has broken with each subsequent release.

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    Re: Build (backport) an newer Ubuntu package to run on an older Ubuntu version

    I'm new to prevu -- (not new to linux so I know more than enough to be dangerous )

    I'm trying to install and test the latest version of gnucash for the good reasons described in https://bugs.launchpad.net/feisty-ba...s/+bug/113712/

    I tried to take a couple of shortcuts, and maybe that has bitten me.

    I just did a clean install to Ubuntu Feisty 7.04, i386 Desktop.

    I installed prevu using synaptic (not downloading from Sourceforge)
    I checked the "feisty-backports" checkbox in Synaptic (not editing the sources.list because to me it looked OK)
    I added file:///var/cache/prevu/feisty-debs /. to the end of sources.list because it sounded like a good idea

    When I issued the prevu gnucash command, it apparently grabbed the source for the CURRENT version of gnucash in Feisty (gnucash_2.0.2-3ubuntu1) not the one I was hoping for (gnucash 2.0.5). I'm letting it run to make sure I understand the prevu procedure (so far so good).

    I see that gutsy has 2.0.5-1ubuntu1 in it, but I don't know how to tell if it's in Backports. I'm guessing it itsn't, despite having a bug in launchpad.

    How can I tell what's in Backports, and more importantly make sure I will get the version I'm looking for?

    Edit: prevu just finished with gnucash and despite tons of errors (lots of "file be moved" errors apparently due to the lack of libxslt, but it reported success) it created the two gnucash debs as expected. Now I'll just grab the latest source deb and run prevu "manually" -- BTW should the manual procedure be mentioned in your excellent howto at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=293988 ? I can understand how you want to keep it simple, but some of the other options are not evident to us newbies.

    Edit2: I believe gnucash is not in backports because it doesn't fit all the backports rules -- it's a "universe" package. Since the package is in gutsy I just added
    Code:
    deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ gutsy restricted main multiverse universe
    to my sources.list -- but I just realized I probably should have just put "universe" in there to avoid "polluting" the build environment. Is that correct, or am I mis-understanding how prevu works?
    Last edited by Tommy; June 14th, 2007 at 04:13 AM.

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    Re: Build (backport) an newer Ubuntu package to run on an older Ubuntu version

    Well I was disappointed when Apple went Intel and now I'm confronted with the problem again it seems. I can find the repos that apt complains about and if I knew the correct link addresses I would just add those to my sources.list.
    I would like to upgrade to Feisty but am worried about breakage, especially since there was apparent trouble with the Feisty PPC code and boxes not booting all the way requiring editing the boot code-yikes!!
    I have a Beta live cd that boots and runs great but I'd really have to take a leap of faith to do a distro upgrade.
    Especially after tommy says the later distros just "break"!
    Maybe I'll find some other x86 box for cheap.

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    Re: Build (backport) an newer Ubuntu package to run on an older Ubuntu version

    Quote Originally Posted by ubuntubrian View Post
    I have a Beta live cd that boots and runs great but I'd really have to take a leap of faith to do a distro upgrade.
    Especially after tommy says the later distros just "break"!
    Maybe I'll find some other x86 box for cheap.
    Now we're Off Topic but please don't take my comments TOO hard -- if you have a liveCD that works great then it's likely Feisty will work great on your system. I have a 1998-vintage Mac that runs Dapper pretty well but after that the world seriously passes it by.

    FORTUNATELY, it's tools like prevu that will help PPC keep going -- the more packages you can test and help fix bugs, the more packages will keep working for PowerPC -- it is a COMMUNITY supported version, after all. Sorry I was a bit down when I posted that.

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    Re: Build (backport) an newer Ubuntu package to run on an older Ubuntu version

    Back on topic then. I don't see a big difference in my sources.list and the one on the site you posted Tommy. Can you help out any further?
    Thanks!

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    Re: Build (backport) an newer Ubuntu package to run on an older Ubuntu version

    I've been checking repo lists all over Ubuntu forums and the only thing that I see is that occasionally there is a / after ubuntu and sometimes not. As in:

    deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ feisty-updates main restricted

    versus:

    deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper-updates universe multiverse

    the distro doesn't seem to matter re: the syntax.

    The weird gzip error seems to have something to do with the repos but all the posts regarding it don't seem to have an answer.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Build (backport) an newer Ubuntu package to run on an older Ubuntu version

    Quote Originally Posted by ubuntubrian View Post
    I've been checking repo lists all over Ubuntu forums and the only thing that I see is that occasionally there is a / after ubuntu and sometimes not.
    You are correct that the difference is not material -- either should work.

    I had to search this (gigantic) thread to find your sources list -- I presume its the one in this message http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...01#post2829901

    I presume you realize that lines with # are comments. (ALSO you can condense repository descriptions a couple of different ways so sometimes you have to "translate" when they're written differently.

    I just realized you're apparently running Dapper -- my sources list in Dapper looks simpler (I've tried all sorts of different things and keep going back to simpler. I need to go at the moment but I have a note in my sources list that I got mine from http://ubuntulinuxhowto.blogspot.com...ositories.html
    and the only difference between mine and that one is I didn't add the plf repositories because I couldn't get them to work. I would suggest that you could start by making a copy of your sources.list, copy in the one at that web site, and adding a # at the beginning of any lines that you're not certain about (like the plf ones).

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    Re: Build (backport) an newer Ubuntu package to run on an older Ubuntu version

    Thanks Tommy. I redid my sources.list with a hybrid of your suggestions and this:
    http://www.ubuntu-nl.org/source-o-matic/

    I commented out the repos that won't load and finally got a version of the list that loads all the repos.
    I'll have to think of another package to backport and try as VLC seems problematic.

    thanks again for the effort and yes, i want to be part of the community that helps solve problems!


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