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Package installation using Depothelper

Occasional Contributor

Package installation using Depothelper

Hi All,


I am trying to install the packages in Itanium servers using depot helper


Os version is 11.31 and i am getting the below error.


# /usr/local/bin/depothelper bash
Package-version      Comment              Download        Install
ia64-11.31           Package list         FAILED          Not installed
ERROR: Can't get list of ia64-11.31 packages from - aborted


Please help me to fix it and also help me to understand how depothelper is working to download the packages.







P.S. This thread has been moved from Servers > Integrity Servers > to HP-UX > patches. -HP Forum Moderator

Occasional Advisor

Re: Package installation using Depothelper


you probably have internet connectivity problem / firewall. Try to add  -p :


-p <host:port> specifies that an FTP proxy server will be used

Honored Contributor

Re: Package installation using Depothelper

By default, depothelper uses the plain HP-UX "ftp" command to download packages.

The -p option allows a FTP proxy to be used, but it must be a true FTP proxy.

Even though HTTP proxies can often be used to contact to FTP servers using ftp:// URLs, they don't work with depothelper.


Using a ftp:// URL with a proxy requires that the client uses HTTP to communicate with the proxy. The proxy will then use FTP protocol to communicate with the requested server. But the depothelper script can't do HTTP, only FTP.


In this thread, I posted a modification to the depothelper script. It makes the script use "wget" instead of ftp for downloads.


Since wget can use HTTP proxies, this modification might be useful if only a HTTP proxy is available. However, before you can use the modified script, you must first install the "wget" utility without depothelper.