Re: highly touted package management tools vs. modem user
On Tue, Jul 09, 2002 at 12:15:28PM +1000, Matthew Dalton wrote:
> > Anyways, the answers posted to my post will be from users who "think
> > they remember a solution from back when they didn't have their current
> > snazzy connection" I'm sure.
> I've never tried dealing with your particular problem before. These days
> my debian system is connected permanently to the internet with a cable
> modem, but it's only been that way for the last few months. Before that
> I had a standard 33.6k dialup connection, although I had untimed local
> It was perhaps still more "snazzy" than what you are using, but still I
> did the majority of my package installs from CD. I never had anything
> like the problems you are facing because I only followed (and was quite
> happy with) the stable distribution.
> My method was to have the apt-cdrom generated URLs in my sources.list
> for most of the time. Any package that I wanted would come from the CDs.
> If I wanted to get a more up-to-date package for a security or bug fix,
> I would change the sources.list to point to a debian mirror on the
> internet, put up with the 2Mb download with the 'apt-get update',
> install the package specifically with 'apt-get install package', and
> then switch back to the CD-only setup afterwards.
I just installed woody from one of the unofficial cds (It had been a long
time since I've done an install), and was happy to discover that I could
have both the CD source and the net sources in sources.list simultaneously,
and it would install the CD version unless a newer version had been
released (presumably because the CD line was before the net lines in
sources.list, which is how the installer set it up). This is really quite
cool. Of course, this was at work, where we had a net connection possibly
faster than the CD, but it was still cool. :)
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