HELP (was Re: Some myths regarding apt pinning)
I tried to install emacs-nox from unstable with aptitude. Now it is
pulling all of unstable, a dozen packages at a time. How do I revert
to stable? And is there a way to just get emacs-nox from unstable (or
testing) with a minimum number of dependencies, leaving the bulk of
the packages at stable?
Quoting Travis Crump <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Pinning is roughly equivalent to 'apt-get install
> randompackage/unstable'. Neither will try to pull in unstable
> dependencies, but will instead just fail if the package can't be
> installed with testing dependencies. 'apt-get -t unstable install
> randompackage' is probably the worst command to use since it will pull
> unstable dependencies for uninstalled packages even for unversioned
> dependencies. Pinning has essentially been useless for the past 2
> months, but for the 10 months before that I thought that pinning *was*
> useful so it seems disingenuous to claim that it is always useless.