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This is an old revision of Debianization made by tgp1994 on 2009-12-17 18:00:12.



"Debianization" is my coined term for debianizing, or installing lots of debian packages, onto puppy. I don't have any specific reason for doing this, other than research and trying to build puppy up to a debian distro. I have encountered many problems along the way, so if you find one that is not addressed in here, please visit this topic and post about it.


1. Navigate to Lenny's APT package page. Download it for your processor.
2. Open it with the designated compressed file opener. (DO NOT open it by "running" this file, open it with Pupzip.) Move the contents looking similar to yours (I.E /etc, /sbin) to the root of your HD.
3. Open up a terminal and type apt-get update. If it does not contact any sites, or you get an error, see the notes/help below.
4. You are now free to download w/e you want!


  1. You have to manually fill the sources.list file in (/etc/apt/sources.list). Google "Debian sources.list" (I will post it directly some other time.)
  2. DO NOT use puppy's .deb extractor; instead open each .deb file you manually download with pupzip and extract them to the root of your hard drive. (Subnote: Not to the /root folder, but to the (/) root of your hard drive.)

Possible problems and solutions

!!NEW!! Problem: When attempting to do any command (update, install, remove, etc.) with apt-get, you get an error saying "Cannot open file /var/lib/dpkg/status - open ... basicall saying that it cannot find the file named "status".

Cause: We simply have not install DPKG all of the way.

Solution: No worries, this is an easy solution. Simply navigate to /var/lib/dpkg, and create a blank file named "status".

Problem: When booting, it says Starting up..., then init: applet not found. The kernel panicks.

Cause: Your busybox binary file has been overwritten, with what seems like a debian version.

1. Boot up puppy in LiveCD mode.
2. Access /bin, (and not in your broken hard drive, but the ramdrive.)
3. Find busybox, and copy it to the /bin folder in your broken hard drive.
4a. If there are differences in file sizes, you are on the right track. Overwrite it, reboot, enjoy.
4b. If there is no difference in file size, then there is something else wrong. Sorry, but I wouldn't know what else.

Problem: While installing a package, you get a console error reading; "tempfile: command not found."

Cause: Generally occurs while configuring base-passwd.

Solution: None found yet. May have something to do with python or perl.

Problem: While installing a package, you get an error saying; "/usr/lib/ undefined symbol: gzopen64"

Cause: I've seen it only occur in one package. (Can't think of it right now.) Happens because of an outdated zlib installation.

1. Download the zlib1g package from Debian.
2. Extract it's contents, retaining the file/folder structure, to your root.
3. Try installing the package again.
NOTE: Some people have reported that it is necessary to run the command "ldconfig" after doing this. If your package gives the same error after trying steps 1-3, then run the command.
NOTE2: zlib is necessary for all programs to function on puppy. If it gets removed or corrupted, no programs will work, so make sure you have a backup and/or the updated package already extracted.

Problem: When booting, an error repeatedly comes up saying something about an /etc/tty0 directory missing.

Cause: This is linked to installing a certain debian package.

Solution: I'm sorry my friend, you're out of luck.

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