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## Become root
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* Become root
 
  su -<br>
 
  su -<br>
## Download the package. E.g.
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* Download the package. E.g.
 
  mkdir /tmp/inst
 
  mkdir /tmp/inst
 
  cd /tmp/inst
 
  cd /tmp/inst
 
  wget http://''url-of-package/package''.ipk<br>
 
  wget http://''url-of-package/package''.ipk<br>
## Unpack the ipk outer wrapper
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* Unpack the ipk outer wrapper
 
  tar xvfz ''package''.ipk<br>
 
  tar xvfz ''package''.ipk<br>
## Unpack the control file
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* Unpack the control file
 
  tar xvfz control.tar.gz<br>
 
  tar xvfz control.tar.gz<br>
## Look for scripts such as preinst and postinst
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* Look for scripts such as preinst and postinst
## Run the preinst script, if any
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* Run the preinst script, if any
 
  ./preinst<br>
 
  ./preinst<br>
## Unpack the main tarball under /
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* Unpack the main tarball under /
 
  cd /
 
  cd /
 
  tar xvfz /tmp/inst/data.tar.gz<br>
 
  tar xvfz /tmp/inst/data.tar.gz<br>
## Run the postinst script, if any
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* Run the postinst script, if any
 
  cd /tmp/inst
 
  cd /tmp/inst
 
  ./postinst<br>
 
  ./postinst<br>
## Cleanup
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* Cleanup
 
  cd /tmp
 
  cd /tmp
 
  rm -rf inst
 
  rm -rf inst

Latest revision as of 22:22, 30 July 2006

This article is based on the work of nix from www.linkstationwiki.org


In case you somehow obtained an .ipk package which you want to install, but if you don't have the ipkg package management system installed (or it is not working), the following are the steps to manually install an .ipk package:


  • Become root
su -
  • Download the package. E.g.
mkdir /tmp/inst
cd /tmp/inst
wget http://url-of-package/package.ipk
  • Unpack the ipk outer wrapper
tar xvfz package.ipk
  • Unpack the control file
tar xvfz control.tar.gz
  • Look for scripts such as preinst and postinst
  • Run the preinst script, if any
./preinst
  • Unpack the main tarball under /
cd /
tar xvfz /tmp/inst/data.tar.gz
  • Run the postinst script, if any
cd /tmp/inst
./postinst
  • Cleanup
cd /tmp
rm -rf inst

The above commands just peels of the different archive wrappers, as explained in the other ipkg articles, and unpacks the files into the file tree. What it doesn't do is to record what has been installed. So uninstalling the data can be quite cumbersome.