I’ve backported LyX 2.2.0-2 from Debian Testing to Jessie. The binaries for
amd64 can be found in https://www.guyrutenberg.com/debian/jessie.
You can add my repository by appending the following line to
deb https://www.guyrutenberg.com/debian/jessie ./
From time to time I build and backport
deb packages. Most of them are for my personal use, but sharing them would be nice. Another advantage for setting up a personal repository over directly installing
deb files is that you can install dependencies from that repository automatically. Especially useful if one source package builds multiple binary packages which depend on one another.
There is a list of programs ways how to setup such personal repository in the Debian wiki. However, I found most ways to be too cumbersome for my limited requirements. The way I’m describing below is probably the simplest and easiest way to get up and running.
First thing is installing
dpkg-dev which provides
sudo apt install dpkg-dev
Next put the
deb files you created in some local repository such as
cd into it.
# dpkg-scanpackages -m . | gzip -c > Packages.gz
will scan all the
*.deb files in the directory and create an appropriate
Packages.gz file. You need to repeat this step whenever you add new packages to
Finally to enable the new local repository, add the following line to
deb [trusted=yes] file:///usr/local/debian ./
[trusted=yes] options instruct
apt to treat the packages as authenticated. Alternatively, if you want to share it with others, make sure that your webserver serves the directory and point to it
deb https://www.guyrutenberg.com/debian/jessie ./
(You will need the
apt-transport-https in order to use https repositories).
Don’t forget to
apt update before trying to install packages from the new repository.
Some application rely on Internet Explorer to provide HTML rendering capabilities. Wine implements the same functionality based on a custom version of Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine (the same engine used in Firefox). In Debian Jessie you have a package called
libwine-gecko-2.24 (the version is part of the name) which provides this rendering engine for Wine. However, different versions of Wine require different versions of wine-gecko. The package provided in Debian Jessie, matches the Wine version provided by
wine-development from the main Jessie repository (1.7.29). Unfortunately wine-development from the jessie-backports if of version 1.9.8 and requires wine-gecko of version 2.44 which is not provided by any Debian repository. This will lead to errors like
Could not load wine-gecko. HTML rendering will be disabled.
and blank spaces where HTML content would be rendered in many applications.
The solution would be to manually install the required version of wine-gecko. We start by downloading the MSI binaries provided by Wine
$ wget https://dl.winehq.org/wine/wine-gecko/2.44/wine_gecko-2.44-x86.msi $ wget https://dl.winehq.org/wine/wine-gecko/2.44/wine_gecko-2.44-x86_64.msi
Now install the required one, based on whether you are using 32bit or 64bit wine environment:
wine-development msiexec /i wine_gecko-2.44-x86.msi
(be sure the setup the correct
$WINEPREFIX if needed).
Update: The new locale was committed to
glibc and should be part of
Most Israelis are literate in English, and for a large percentage of them, English is also the preferred language when it comes to computers. They prefer English, as it solves right-to-left issues and general inconsistencies (it might be annoying when some programs are translated ands some not). The downside is, that currently, the existing English locales are not suitable for Israel, as there are cultural differences:
- American English spelling is more common in Israel.
- The metric system is used, along with the relevant paper sizes (“A4” instead of Letter).
- Dates are written in dd/mm/YYYY format, unlike in the USA.
- The first day of week, and also the first workday is Sunday.
- The currency used is ILS (₪).
So, up until now users had to choose locales such as en_US or en_GB and compromise on some stuff. To solve this issue, and create a truly suitable English locale for Israel, I wrote a
localedef file for the en_IL locale.
To install the new locale, copy the
en_IL file from the gist below and place under
/usr/share/i18n/locales/en_IL (no extension). Next
# echo "en_IL.UTF-8 UTF-8" >> /usr/local/share/i18n/SUPPORTED
Now, complete the installation by running
dpkg-reconfigure locales and enable
en_IL.UTF-8 from the list, and set it as the default locale.
Sometimes a package that you need is not available for Debian Jessie, but you can find it for Sid (unstable). You may be tempted to try to install it manually, by downloading the binary
deb package, but it will most likely fail due to binary incompatibilities with different libraries’ versions you have. The better method will be to get the source package used to build the binary package, and build it yourself. Most of the time the process is not as hard as it sounds.
First, a short preliminary setup is needed Add the following lines to
deb http://http.debian.net/debian jessie-backports main deb-src http://httpredir.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib
You can replace
testing if you prefer to use packages from
testing. Update the lists of packages
sudo apt-get update
Next you need, to get the build dependencies for your package. The example below uses the package
sudo apt-get build-dep lyx/unstable
Now you are ready to fetch and build the source package:
sudo apt-get source -b lyx/unstable
Finally, you will see in the current directory the resulting DEBs. Simply install them:
sudo gdebi lyx-common_2.1.4-2_all.deb sudo gdebi lyx_2.1.4-2_amd64.deb
You can later mark the dependecies that you manually installed as automatic:
sudo apt-mark auto lyx-common
jessie-backports repository does not have the latest Iceweasel builds. However, the Debian Mozilla team releases its own backports. To use their backports follow the steps below:
# apt-get install pkg-mozilla-archive-keyring # echo "deb http://mozilla.debian.net/ jessie-backports iceweasel-release" >> /etc/apt/sources.list # apt-get install -t jessie-backports iceweasel
At the time of writing this post, the Mozilla team’s repository provides Iceweasel 42, compared with 38.4 with the regular Jessie repository.