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Create E2 Plugins / IPKG Packages with a Linux PC

Be aware: don't translate the code, keep it English

Using a Linux PC and nautilus file manager you can follow this procedure in order to build an ipk package. This guide uses an Enigna2 plugin as example.

Requirements: dpkg(Debian package management system) and fakeroot(Gives a fake root enviironment).
Do check your Linux package manager for installing these software.

1. Create Package folders
Create a directory with the following contents.


2. Create Package files
The debian-binary file contains only '2.0', the plugin directory obviously contains the plugin python source and the DEBIAN folder files must have [like] the following contents :


Package: enigma2-plugin-extensions-mytestplugin
Version: 1.0
Description: MyTestPlugin plugin does this and that (Enigma2)
Section: extra
Priority: optional
Maintainer: me <me@foo.com>
Architecture: mipsel
Homepage: www.vuduo.com
Source: www.vuduo.com


echo "Restarting Enigma2 to load MyTestPlugin Plugin ..."
init 4
killall -9 enigma2 > /dev/null 2>&1
init 3
exit 0


echo "Removing MyTestPlugin Plugin from the system ..."
rm -r /usr/lib/enigma2/python/Plugins/Extensions/MyTestPlugin > /dev/null 2>&1
echo "Restarting Enigma2 to get rid of MyTestPlugin Plugin ..."
init 4
killall -9 enigma2 > /dev/null 2>&1
init 3
exit 0


echo "Checking for an older version of MyTestPlugin in the system..."
if [ -d /usr/lib/enigma2/python/Plugins/Extensions/MyTestPlugin ]
rm -rf /usr/lib/enigma2/python/Plugins/Extensions/MyTestPlugin > /dev/null 2>&1
echo "An older version of MyTestPlugin was found and removed"
echo "Proceeding to installation..."
echo "MyTestPlugin was not found in the system"
echo "Proceeding to installation..."
exit 0

3. Create nautilus script
In order to build ipk directly from nautilus you need to have a script in
like the following (chmod +x Build_folder_into_ipk_package ).

Build_folder_into_ipk_package :


# build a deb package using selected

cd $DIRNAME && fakeroot dpkg-deb --build ./$BASENAME

zenity --info --text "Successfully build $DIRNAME/$BASENAME.ipk"

exit 0

To build the package using nautilus simply right click on folder enigma2-plugin-extensions-mytestplugin_1.0_mipsel and go to Scripts-> Build_folder_into_ipk_package

Create E2 Plugins / IPKG Packages with Multi OS computer and Enigma2 tuner.


-PuTTY (windows)
-Terminal (Linux howto + OS-X howto)

Install dreambox-ipkg-tools-mips_1.0_mipsel.ipk on your Dreambox/VU+ DUO, download the package and put it on your Dreambox/VU+ DUO in the folder:


Execute the following command with putty:

ipkg install /home/root/dreambox-ipkg-tools-mips_1.0_mipsel.ipk

Now the ipkg tools are installed.

Building a package:

Let's say that we are going to build a picon package...

Create the following directory structures on your Dreambox/VU+ DUO:




In the folder /home/root/SOMENAME/CONTROL you put the following files.


Make sure that the line endings are in UNIX style if you're doing the work from a Windows machine, you can use NotePad(PlusPlus) wich has support for UNIX style line endings.

In the file control put the following text:

Package: enigma2-plugin-picons-MYPACKAGENAME
Version: 2010-10-29
Description: Picons
Architecture: mipsel
Section: extra
Priority: optional
Maintainer: xxxx
Homepage: xxxx
Depends: enigma2
Source: xxxx

When you look at the package name structure 'enigma2-plugin-' will always be the same, the word 'picons' can change according to the style of you package, take a look at your download menu on your Dreambox/VU+ DUO and you'll understand. The xxxx can also be changed to something of your liking.

Then we also have the file postrm, in our example we will put the following in postrm:

rm -rf /picon

This file will get executed after we have removed our package, to do some more cleanup.
There is no need to put commands in here to remove the files that you install, they wil automatically be removed.

You can also use the files:

postinst <--Right after the installation
preinst <--Right before the installation
prerm <--Right before the removal

There is still one thing to do in our example, we should put some picon files in the folder:


You can put also some other folders in /home/root/SOMENAME, the directory stucture that you create there, will be the final directory structure that is installed on your Dreambox/VU+ DUO.

Now you can build the package using the command:

ipkg-build /home/root/SOMENAME

Wait a bit...., depending on how large your package is, when it has finished building your package. There should be a file called:

/home/root/enigma2-plugin-picons-MYPACKAGENAME_ 2010-10-29_mipsel.ipk

This file you can install using the command:

ipkg install /home/root/enigma2-plugin-picons-MYPACKAGENAME_ 2010-10-29_mipsel.ipk

If you put your file somewhere on a webserver you can also use:

ipkg install http://www.MYWEBSERVER.com/enigma2-plugin-picons-MYPACKAGENAME_ 2010-10-29_mipsel.ipk

The package will then be downloaded and installed.

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