Repository sync for ubuntu repository is failing - KeyError: 'Packages.gz'

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SUSE Manager 4.1 Server


Trying to sync custom ubuntu repositories with:
is failing.

Here's an example of a test run:
suma4: # spacewalk-repo-sync -c ubuntuextra --type deb -n -vvv
13:05:35 ======================================
13:05:35 | Channel: ubuntuextra
13:05:35 ======================================
13:05:35 Sync of channel started.
13:05:37 Unhandled error occurred: 'Packages.gz'
13:05:37 Unexpected error: <class 'KeyError'>
13:05:37 Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/spacewalk/satellite_tools/", line 570, in sync
  File "/usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/spacewalk/satellite_tools/repo_plugins/", line 270, in __init__
  File "/usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/spacewalk/satellite_tools/repo_plugins/", line 121, in verify
    if not repo.DpkgRepo(self.url, self._get_proxies(), self.gpg_verify).verify_packages_index():
  File "/usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/spacewalk/common/", line 400, in verify_packages_index
    entry = self.get_release_index().get(name)
  File "/usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/spacewalk/common/", line 76, in get
    return self[key]
KeyError: 'Packages.gz'


On the Ubuntu server - run the following command in the directory of the repo to create a release file:
apt-ftparchive release . > Release

Afterwards, on the SUSE Manager Server, run again a sync of the repo to SUSE Manager with "spacewalk-repo-sync"


The Release file is missing. The sync code for ubuntu repos is expecting release infos to be there, but is not checked/reported as missing because Release info is interpreted as a flat repository.


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  • Document ID:000019879
  • Creation Date: 07-May-2021
  • Modified Date:07-May-2021
    • SUSE Manager Server

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