Re: Can I stay in testing without going etch?
Chris Howie on 16/05/06 20:16, wrote:
That is correct. However when sarge was released, I was tracking testing,
meaning that I jumped right into etch. I recall this having very ill effects
that lasted until I reinstalled etch. Now I am tracking etch, and plan on
doing so until several days after etch is released at which point I will
upgrade to whatever is then testing.
It seems (though I cannot confirm this from knowledge of packaging) that
certain things happen on a release that can be skipped if you directly upgrade
from a testing distribution to a newer testing distribution. At least it did a
fair job of nuking my box.
Hope you don't mind me hijacking this thread a bit.
My sources.list points at etch (testing, right?) like so:
deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main
deb http://ftp.debian.skynet.be/ftp/debian/ testing main
deb-src http://ftp.debian.skynet.be/ftp/debian/ testing main
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ testing main
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ testing main
If I didn't pay attention, it seems from Chris's message, I would just blindly move from etch testing into the next testing without any knowledge.
Bearing in mind that I only monitor what's going on at Debian in a haphazard sort of way, how would I check whether etch has moved from testing into stable?
Would I then be able to downgrade from the new testing to etch-stable if I wanted, without having to do some mega-operation?