[Zebralist] installing zebra package on debian etch on an amd64 system

Adam Dickmeiss adam at indexdata.dk
Tue Jan 9 09:09:25 CET 2007

Walter McGinnis wrote:
> Hello again,
> I'm having some problems installing from the Debian packages of Zebra 
> after making the switch to a system that runs on amd64 rather than 
> i386.  I could use some advice on how to make it work.

We only provide binaries for i386 at this time. For other architectures, 
refer to


You probably need to install YAZ first. Let us know about your progress 
(so we can improve the documentation).

/ Adam

> I'm essentially following the steps that I have outlined from a previous 
> install here: http://blog.katipo.co.nz/?p=26
> After updating /etc/apt/sources.list to include the indexdata packages 
> and add the indexdata.asc key, I get the following:
> sudo apt-get update
> Password:
> Get:1 http://ftp.nz.debian.org testing Release.gpg [378B]
> Hit http://ftp.nz.debian.org testing Release
> Ign http://www.sgtpepper.net unstable/ Release.gpg
> Hit http://ftp.nz.debian.org testing/main Packages/DiffIndex
> Get:2 http://security.debian.org testing/updates Release.gpg [189B]
> Hit http://www.sgtpepper.net unstable/ Release
> Get:3 http://ftp.indexdata.dk etch Release.gpg [189B]
> Hit http://ftp.nz.debian.org testing/contrib Packages/DiffIndex
> Hit http://ftp.nz.debian.org testing/non-free Packages/DiffIndex
> Hit http://ftp.nz.debian.org testing/main Sources/DiffIndex
> Hit http://ftp.nz.debian.org testing/contrib Sources/DiffIndex
> Hit http://ftp.nz.debian.org testing/non-free Sources/DiffIndex
> Ign http://www.sgtpepper.net unstable/ Packages/DiffIndex
> Get:4 http://security.debian.org testing/updates Release [24.3kB]
> Hit http://ftp.indexdata.dk etch Release
> Hit http://www.sgtpepper.net unstable/ Packages
> Ign http://security.debian.org testing/updates/main Packages/DiffIndex
> ...
> Hit http://security.debian.org testing/updates/main Packages
> ...
> Fetched 24.5kB in 4s (5186B/s)
> Failed to fetch http://ftp.indexdata.dk/debian/dists/etch/Release  
> Unable to find expected entry  main/binary-amd64/Packages in Meta-index 
> file (malformed Release file?)
> Reading package lists... Done
> W: Couldn't stat source package list http://ftp.indexdata.dk etch/main 
> Packages 
> (/var/lib/apt/lists/ftp.indexdata.dk_debian_dists_etch_main_binary-amd64_Packages) 
> - stat (2 No such file or directory)
> W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
> E: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old 
> ones used instead.
> Recommendations?  Should I download the package and try and install it 
> with dpkg instead?  Experiences with Debian, amd64, and Zebra/Yaz?
> Cheers,
> Walter
> P.S. - I'm really enjoying using Zebra and have recently successfully 
> installed it from source on Mac OS X for development work.  I'm a 
> regular user of Macports (formerly Darwinports) and hope to see the 
> latest Zebra and Yaz added to the port collection (the version of Yaz 
> already there is a bit long in the tooth).
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