Re: What's the best package manager for single-package upgrades?
--- Joe Rhett <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Okay, this
is probably a bonehead user question but
> I'm just getting used
> to Debian. Not normally a bonehead :-(
> I would like/prefer to run 'stable'. Debian/Woody
> installed on my laptop
> perfectly fine. Wireless/WEP, IPsec, X all up and
> running SWEET.
> Unfortunately, the stable browser is 'zilla 1.0 :-(
> I would like to run a modern Mozilla, without
> updating the whole universe
> if possible. I've done the documented steps for
> accessing unstable
> (testing doesn't have anything newer) and rerun
> apt-get update and it sees
> the packages just fine. But when I try to upgrade
> mozilla it wants to
> install 293 packages ... uh, no.
> The man page indicates that apt-get upgrade doesn't
> handle single package
> upgrades -- to use dselect. Well dselect gets way
> way lost inside a tree I
> can't find my way out of. I spent an hour trying to
> make dselect happy,
> and I'm still lost.
> So finally I just went to the package directly using
> mozilla. It tells me
> of the dependancies, but allows me to download
> directly. But then kpackage
> barfs because it wants all the dependancies.
> Am I really supposed to spend all night long
> manually downloading all the
> dependancies? Ugh.
> So I am writing here in hopes I'm overlooking
> something. Please, tell me
> how one can update just one package and its
> dependancies, without doing a
> full-on conversion from Woody to unstable? If a
> single package forces one
> to upgrade completely to unstable branch, then the
> entire purpose of the
> trees appears to be a moot point.
> Now -- skip the download and compile yourself. No
> fun. And skip the
> 'download the 'zilla net installer and use that' --
> because I already have.
> But I want to know how to solve this problem and
> stay within the Debian
If you want to upgrade just Mozilla in Woody rather
than the whole host of things that Sid suggests you're
going need to look at backports, take a look at
www.apt-get.org but beware that using a range of
backported products together can seriously mess your
If you think you might want to upgrade other packages
in the future - and why not, Woody is *old* and most
people happily run Sid on their desktops - you should
look at dist-upgrading to Sid
> Joe Rhett
> Chief Geek
> Isite Services, Inc.
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