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I am restoring an old iMac G5 which still uses a powerpc processor. Unfortunately, Debian Jessie was the last version of Debian to support Powerpc7. I would like some of the new Stretch packages. I can always compile them from source, but apt won't put source packages in its cache when I do apt-get update. This means I can't download the package or its dependencies.

So my question is, how can I build and install a package and its dependencies from source?

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I just tried Stephen Kitt's suggestion for running apt-get update. Previously, it failed with errors. It recognizes stretch now. I still have trouble getting dependencies though. I think apt-get build-dep is trying to download binaries, and failing.

If you want it, my sources.list is here.

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    What does apt-get update do? Have you added Stretch deb-src lines? I would have expected the source packages to be downloadable even if binary indexes aren’t available (but I might well be wrong about that!). – Stephen Kitt Aug 6 '17 at 21:18
  • related (including link to an ISO for sid on ppc): lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2017/06/msg00006.html – cas Aug 7 '17 at 2:06

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