Install packaged Odoo on Debian / Ubuntu / Linux Mint without python-pypdf dependency

This is a fast and easy way to install Odoo 10 official package on Debian 9 or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS server. Just create a fake python-pypdf 1.13 deb package.

Odoo 10 deb package depends on the old Python PyPdf unmaintained package. This is only a dependency problem against Python-PyPdf package. That package is no more available in several distributions, notably Debian 9 (stretch) and Ubuntu since 16.04 LTS. It is replaced by the new PyPDF2 package which claims to be fully compatible, but does not provide PyPdf  as a virtual package. The problem is the same if you want to install  Odoo 8 and Odoo 9 on recent Debian based distros.

However, there is an easy workaround : create a fake python-pdf package and install python-pyPdf from Pipy (Python repository). All of this will be done as root. There is no need to use the source Github version.

Tutorial :

  • install equivs to create fake packages and python-pip to install pypdf package from Python repository ;
  • run equivs-control python-pypdf, this will create and populate the file python-pypdf ;
  • edit the file (dot and space under Description are mandatory) like below :
    Section: python
     Package: python-pypdf
     Version: 1.13
     Description: fake package to provide python-pypdf
     This package provide the dependency needed by Odoo. 
     python-pypdf2 replace python-pypdf, but while compatible, 
     does not provide python-pypdf
     python-pypdf will need to be installed with 
     "pip install pyPdf"
  • run equivs-build python-pypdf, this will create the fake package python-pypdf_1.13_all.deb ;
  • install the package with dpkg -i python-pypdf_1.13_all.deb ;
  • run pip install pyPdf ;
  • install Odoo 10 (or install the 100% free Odoo 8) on your Debian/Ubuntu box.

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Quickly done NAS with Webmin (DIY NAS)

Looking for a better NAS than the one my girlfriend own (Synology). Caveat : she don’t care about it, she understand nothing on it, I hate those slow graphical « web desktop » interfaces, I need a lot of free Ram, I want to install everything I need, I bet free/libre NAS are better.

There is three active NAS projects. They can be use on personal and small networks (but not limited to). Have a look : FreeNAS (FreeBSD), NAS4Free (derived from FreeNAS 7), and OpenMediaVault (Debian, from former FreeNAS leader). OpenFiler is for bigger needs and seems unmaintained.

FreedomBox or Yunohost (and others, look at Wikipedia) target end users. They are easy to set up and maintained. While they are not NAS project, they can, in some parts, do the job at home.

SME Server (Centos, also known as e-smith) and  Superb Mini Server (Slackware) provides something like ADSL boxes on steroids, coming with webmail and email server, virus protection, printer server, etc.

But what did I choose ? I find easier to install Debian with the Webmin control panel. I don’t really need Webmin, but as I tends to do a lot of daily work from the web browser, I keep it open in a tab. It let me do what I want, help to not forget something to configure, has a lot of modules, can report (by email) about problems and new packages, can burn CD/DVD, etc. All in all, it takes only a few minutes to install a Debian server and the webmin package — Debian is not mandatory, you can use your favorite distribution.