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Re: Still confused about pure64 package changelogs

Thanks, everyone, for your comments!

On Tue, Feb 01, 2005 at 06:56:36PM +0100, Kurt Roeckx wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2005 at 04:04:14PM -0800, Larry Doolittle wrote:
> > 
> > Today, for instance, I see netbase is ready to upgrade, from
> > version 4.19 to version 4.20.  The trouble is, looking at
> > packages.debian.org, the changelog only goes up to 4.19.
> It seems to be there now?  Maybe they're just slow in updating
> it?

I guess.  Yes, I see it there now, too.  My point is that
there was a window where the update was available but the
documentation was not.

My first and best reason to run Linux (since 1992) is
reliability.  If there isn't a perfect match between the
update and packages.debian.org, that isn't the primary
source of information about updates, and I want to know
what is.

> > Another particular example is kernel-image-2.6.10-9-amd64-k8,
> > which doesn't even show up on packages.debian.org.
> This is one of the excpetion of packages that are first uploaded
> to the amd64 archive and only later to the debian archive.  It's
> stuck in NEW for some time now.

Can anyone elaborate on this comment?  Who controls and/or where is
the master list of such packages, and how can we mere users find out
what's going on with them?

To the several people who pointed me to apt-listchanges: yes, that
sure looks like what I want.  I don't mind downloading new .deb files
first, as long as I can find out what's in them before installing.

It looks (from the man page) like apt-listchanges is designed to slide 
into apt-get somehow.  Google found a few pages suggesting that connection
is supposed to happen automagically in the install, but it didn't for me.
Well, maybe it tried: right after it ran apt-listbugs (also new on my
system [*], I ran into suggestions to run it as well as apt-listchanges),
I do see the line
    Reading changelogs... Done
but nothing came out.

You can probably tell I haven't used Debian for very long: only about
six months.  I hope it's the last distribution I have to learn!

         - Larry

[*] It sure would be nice if all these system tools were written in the
same language.  Pulling in apt-listbugs had the side effect of pulling
in ruby and friends.  Do we really need a copy of every scripting language
on the planet just to administer a debian system?

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