Re: debian unstable, stable enough?
Testing cannot get very unstable as it wouldn't follow Debian rules. Everything that's in testing must be tested in unstable for some time. So, I don't think being in testing will be such a mess in two months.
On 9/9/06, Curt Howland <Howland@priss.com> wrote:
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On Friday 08 September 2006 17:32, Jordi Carrillo was heard to say:
> You say you reinstalled from zero twice. What's the best way to get
> into unstable?
Personally, I use the ~180MB CD version or CD#1 of whatever is Stable.
I keep it to an absolute minimum, not downloading any packages off
the net if I can help it. I've done it with the ~30MB "net install"
image CD, which means you start off with a REALLY minimalist system.
Don't plug in the network cable until the system works, just to be
Then edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file to point to the unstable
archives, connect the network cable and do whatever it takes to get
that working, and "# apt-get update ; apt-get dist-upgrade". When I
can I use the sources.list that I had before, which includes such
non-Debian archives as "Debian Multimedia" for mplayer, etc. Another
good reason to make sure to back up your /etc directory whenever you
do a backup.
This will bring the system into unstable with an absolute minimum of
prior baggage. Once it's working as Unstable, then I run dselect
(don't scream, folks, I've used it since 1995 and am comfortable with
it) to add those meta-packages and applications I know I want. Then,
when it's ready to download and install 800 or so packages, I let it
go ahead and go to sleep, wake up the next morning and start
answering debconf questions. :^)
> Another question. When testing becomes stable, I suppose that after
> this transition if you have sth like
> deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free
> your debian will go on with the next testing debian Os, right?
Right. "Testing" means testing, no matter what the version name is.
However, soon after releasing a "stable", "testing" can get very,
very unstable (in the bad way) for months. I would change the pointer
from "testing" to "etch" now, so that you don't go through that
massive mess until you are ready to do so.
Unstable doesn't have that massive upheaval, because it's always at a
low level of instability.
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