New community build (Kong)/distfeeds problem

New OpenWrt user here, just migrated from ddwrt. I installed the Kong build on my Netgear R7500v2, and I'm really pleased - but having a problem with opkg. "standard" packages like e2fsprogs won't install - it says "unknown package".

I looked at distfeeds.conf, at it only has a link to Kong's server. Customfeeds is emtpy. Do I need to add in the standard openwrt repos somewhere to get access to other packages?

I haven't used Kong's builds, so I'm not an authority on this one... but I'll do my best to answer:

First, you can't truly uninstall packages that are already part of the image. Counter-intuitively, it will actually consume space because it exists in ROM, but to remove means to actually write files to the R/W flash partition to say " has been removed". Is there a reason you want to remove that package?

Also, did you run opkg update first? This grabs all of the current package data from the server locations listed in distfeeds.conf.

I don't know what is in Kontg's distfeeds.conf file, but as long as the feeds point to a valid server, and that server has everything there, you shouldn't likely need anything in the custom distfeeds options.

Doh, typo. I meant it won't INSTALL.

root@OpenWrt:~# opkg update
Updated list of available packages in /var/opkg-lists/kong_core
Signature check passed.
root@OpenWrt:~# opkg install e2fsprogs
Unknown package 'e2fsprogs'.
Collected errors:
 * opkg_install_cmd: Cannot install package e2fsprogs.
root@OpenWrt:~# ```

There is no such package available at

You have to ask the maintainer of this build to build this package.

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Ah, ok. I guess I didn't understand that part. I assumed opkg was similar to other Linux-style distro packaging styles where I could add a repo with the appropriate arch and install from there.

You can add additional feeds, but it may or may not function properly when installed, so as @tmomas said, best to ask the maintainer. Or install an official stable release build if it is available for your device.

Thanks. In this case it's easier and safer to plug the drive into another machine and format it there, since right now I only needed e2fsprogs. If I continue to find missing packages I will consider switching.

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