Packaging Giraffe

Giraffe is the free open source variant of the Zarafa Collaboration Platform packaged for Debian.


Current State

The packages of Zarafa (server) where uploaded for a first time to experimental NEW, but the package was rejected by the ftpmasters due small issues in debian/copyright. zarafa-webapp isn't finally packaged and not available by the Debian repositories, the packaging process is mostly finished, but a upload makes no sense without the Zarafa main packages.


zarafa-server, ...


Further possible improvements:





The origin of this list is provided by GuidoG├╝nther in

There was also a talk given on the Zarafa Tour 2015 in Hannover (in german)Talk-Hannover-ZarafaTour2015.pdf.

Using KVM for testing

You probably wont use your current system to test the zarafa packages and that's a good idea so far. KVM is a good alternative for testing because it's supporting snapshot mechanism for easy using and resetting of installations.

Installing needed KVM components

Installation is easy as it's simply a one liner.

$ sudo apt-get install qemu-kvm libvirt-bin bridge-utils virt-manager virtinst

Further preparations

After this ensure you are a member of the group 'libvirt'

$ sudo usermod -aG libvirt [YOUR_USERNAME]

The virtual network adapter inside the libvirt environment is disabled per default so before to continue start it.

$ virsh -c qemu:///system net-autostart default
$ virsh -c qemu:///system net-start default

The next calls maybe not really needed, but on the other hand it's no problem if the storage pools already up, so just to throw possible issues away.

$ virsh -c qemu:///system pool-start default
$ virsh -c qemu:///system pool-start boot-scratch

Installation of a virtual image

After the finishing of the preparation from above you can install a first image. The installation can be as known done fully automated by a preseed file, Guido has prepared file preseed.cfg. Download the file for example to the 'Downloads' folder within your home directory.

$ wget -P $HOME/Downloads

Next you can set up a install, for example based on the Jessie release amd64 and named unstable-amd64-zarafa.

$ RELEASE=unstable
$ NAME=zarafa
$ DIST=amd64
$ virt-install --connect=qemu:///system \
               --location="$RELEASE/main/installer-$DIST" \
               --initrd-inject=$HOME/Downloads/preseed.cfg \
               --extra-args="auto" \
               --name $RELEASE-$DIST-$NAME --ram=512 \

This will install a image named 'unstable-amd64-zarafa.qcow2' with a size of 10GB under /var/lib/libvirt/images/. After the install the image will boot automatically.

Usage of KVM images

to fill out

pkg-giraffe package repository

Using packages from Alioth

Packages are available at These can be included into sources.list, for sid on AMD64 for example, via

deb sid/amd64/
deb sid/all/

Releases are signed with GPG key AF90BD8F which can be added to a system as trusted key using apt-key

Uploading packages to Alioth

In order to upload packages to the repo on Alioth you need to be member of the pkg-giraffe group and have Alioth ssh access set up. Uploads can be done via dput using the following configuration:

fqdn =
incoming = /home/groups/pkg-giraffe/htdocs/packages/mini-dinstall/incoming
method = scp
allow_unsigned_uploads = 0
post_upload_command = ssh alioth "mini-dinstall -b -c /home/groups/pkg-giraffe/.mini-dinstall.conf"

As signed uploads are needed, your key needs to be in the keyring file "pkg-giraffe-keyring.gpg" on Alioth.