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    This started out as a personal project, but I figured I'd release it publicly as I know a lot of people could find this handy.

    It's a very basic and very fast java program that creates ipkg feeds, for use by programs like WOSQI and Preware.

    Just put the jar file in a directory with the ipk files. Then run the jar and a it'll generate proper "Packages" and "Packages.gz" files.

    No interface or configuration needed. Just run it and within seconds the feed files will be generated. It's just that simple

    One great usage is putting ipk files in a Dropbox public folder. Just run the jar from inside that folder and you'll have your own personal feed for use in WOSQI and Preware.

    Oh, and on a technical side, for those curious, it looks through the ipk's control file for the package info, and if it's detected that the ipk was made via palm-package, then it'll parse the appinfo.json to fill in any missing information.


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    Project is MIT open source licensed, available at ipkg-feed-generator - Ipkg Feed Generator - Google Project Hosting


    Change Log
    v1.0.0 - May 12, 2011
    - Initial release
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    Developer of many apps such as: WebOS Quick Install, WebOS Theme Builder, Ipk Packager, Unified Diff Creator, Internalz Pro, ComicShelf HD, LED Torch, over 70 patches and more.

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  2. #2  
    Very cool! Why hasn't Palm hired you yet?
  3. #3  
    Thanks Jason!
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    Just set up my own feed on my webhost, added it to Preware, downloaded and installed my own patch (packaged as ipk).

    This will make things so much easier!
    Want to keep up with my exciting new projects? You know where to find me.
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    Jason, this is great.

    I have been looking for a solution to easily install apps from my PC to my Pre, without a usb cable. The cloud-service apps (i.e. dropboxify, zumodrive, etc.) all seem to require that you first download the app to the device, then hunt it down with Internalz to install.

    This looks like a better alternative. By the way, any progress with your dropbox app, or has that fallen by the wayside?
  6. #6  
    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett92C View Post
    Just set up my own feed on my webhost, added it to Preware, downloaded and installed my own patch (packaged as ipk).

    This will make things so much easier!

    How do you setup your own feed to use with preware? I'm trying to setup a private beta test and I would like to give my testers a custom feed so they can update via preware.
  7. #7  
    Quote Originally Posted by GMTesta View Post
    How do you setup your own feed to use with preware? I'm trying to setup a private beta test and I would like to give my testers a custom feed so they can update via preware.
    I made a folder on my PC with one of my patch IPKs and IpkgfeedGenerator.jar. I ran Jason's jar and it made two new files (Packages and Packages.gz).

    I made a new folder on my webhost and uploaded those two Packages files and my patch ipk. Let's say they're in
    Code:
    http://webos.choorp.com/feed/
    In Preware, I added this new feed:
    Name: garrett
    URL:
    Code:
    http://webos.choorp.com/feed
    Is Compressed: Yes

    I don't think the name you use matters... lol
    Want to keep up with my exciting new projects? You know where to find me.
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    Thanks Jay!!
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  9. #9  
    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett92C View Post
    I don't think the name you use matters...
    You will want it to be unique.

    Some people name their testing feeds the same as the main feeds and then submit bogus error reports about things not being in the feeds cause they've clobbered the main feed by overwriting it with the testing feed contents.

    -- Rod
    WebOS Internals and Preware Founder and Developer
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwhitby View Post
    You will want it to be unique.

    Some people name their testing feeds the same as the main feeds and then submit bogus error reports about things not being in the feeds cause they've clobbered the main feed by overwriting it with the testing feed contents.

    -- Rod
    Name being? Link?
    webOSroundup and Project Macaw contributor
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  11. #11  
    Hi Jason... I've just add my feed on dropbox, but Preware doesn't want see it!!! What is the link for preware? ex. "http//dl.dropbox.com/u/******/feed" ???

    EDIT: Just solve!
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    Hey Jason, had a few questions. How do you set a description that would show up when you browse the app in Preware? Also, is there a way to set the feed so some apps are only available for the Touchpad in Preware, sort of how some packages say it's not available for 2.1?
  13. #13  
    Quote Originally Posted by rsanchez1 View Post
    Hey Jason, had a few questions. How do you set a description that would show up when you browse the app in Preware? Also, is there a way to set the feed so some apps are only available for the Touchpad in Preware, sort of how some packages say it's not available for 2.1?
    Preware has MinWebOSVersion, MaxWebOSVersion and DeviceCompatibility support in the package metadata.

    -- Rod
    WebOS Internals and Preware Founder and Developer
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  14. #14  
    Cool, thanks Rod.
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    I just wanted to bump this thread to point out that this little utility is becoming more and more handy to me as some apps become hard to find when restoring from Preware's saved packages list.

    Thanks!
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    This could be a very handy program indeed.

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  17. #17  
    Funny I've been looking for this for over two years (June 2010) and somehow missed this thread! Someone just linked to it in the TouchPlayer thread.
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    Is it still possible to make this work with a Dropbox folder? I am asking because I cannot get it to work and I am starting to think it is no longer possible:
    If I set up a shared folder it has a specific adress, along the lines of https://www.dropbox.com/sh/abc/xyz - but while the 'abc' remains the same for the links to all files within that folder, 'xyz' changes, along with each files individual name.

    If anybody runs his/her own feed using dropbox, I would appreciate your advice on how to set it up properly.

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