Dotdeb – An Extra Repository For Debian Servers

Dotdeb - An Extra Repository For Debian Servers

This week’s hot news is Debian 8.8 Jessie has been released two days ago. This eighth maintenance release brings a total of 90 security updates and more than 60 miscellaneous bug fixes. For more details, check the Debian 8.8 release notes. And, I have another good news for Debian users. There is an extra and unofficial software repository, so that you can install, update, upgrade up-to-date packages from that repository. Meet Dotdeb, an extra repository for Debian and Ubuntu servers that provides up-to-date packages. Dotdeb is mainly designed for Debian servers, however, it should support Ubuntu servers too. For Ubuntu servers, there won’t be any official provided. It currently supports Debian 8.x Jessie, and Debian 7.x Wheezy, both 64 bit and 32 bit architectures.

Dotdeb includes numerous popular up-to-date packages, including:

  • Nginx,
  • PHP 7.0, 5.6, 5.5 and 5.4 (obsolete),
  • useful PHP extensions : apcu, imagick, mongo, Pinba, xcache, Xdebug, XHprof…
  • MySQL 5.6
  • Passenger
  • Redis,
  • Zabbix,
  • And more.


Add Dotdeb Repository in Debian

To add Dotdeb main repository, edit /etc/apt/sources.list file:

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following lines depending upon the Debian version (Jessie or Wheezy) you use.

For Debian 8.x, add these lines:

deb jessie all
deb-src jessie all

For Debian 7.x, add:

deb wheezy all
deb-src wheezy all

You can also choose the nearest mirror. All Dotdeb mirrors around the world are listed in this link.

Save and close the file.

Then, import and add Dotdeb GPG key:

sudo apt-key add dotdeb.gpg

Finally, update the repository lists using command:

sudo apt-get update

Now, you can install packages as usual.

sudo apt-get install <package_name>

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