https://github.com/Tangresh/nexus-apt-plugin THIS REPO IS NO LONGER MAINTAINED BUT Tangresh WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON IT
Nexus APT Plugin
this plugin generates a Packages.gz for each nexus repository and allows the repository to be listed in a debian /etc/apt/sources.list file so that it can be used by aptitude/apt-get/ubuntu software center.
The 'Downloads' section of this project contains the latest builds. Please download the latest nexus-apt-plugin-N.N-bundle.zip and unzip it into the sonatype-work/nexus/plugin-repository/ and restart nexus.
to be sure that the index is regenerated (the plugin adds attributes to index) it could be neccessary to delete the index files under sonatype-work/nexus/indexer
All repositories now contain a Packages.gz that lists all debian packages the indexer was able to find.
Debian Packages from a Maven Build Process
https://github.com/sannies/blogger-java-deb is a small example on how to create debs in a Maven process and works together well with this plugin.
The indexer cannot find packages when there is a main artifact with the same name: If the artifacts are named like:
The indexer won't index the debian package. In order to make the indexer index the debian package it needs a classifier:
This is fine.
Adding a repository to sources.list
just add the line
deb http://repository.yourcompany.com/content/repositories/releases/Packages.gz ./
apt-get update and all debian packages in the repository
can now be installed via