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Re: expiration of jessie-backports Release files

It seems to me like the more functional way to handle this would be for apt* to prompt that the files are obsolete and unmaintained, and ask if the user wants to continue. This is much more polite and respectful of the user's own judgement and intent when using unmaintained files.

Consider the situation where someone inherited an unmaintained system and wanted to upgrade it to current stable, which usually includes updating the deprecated release to the last package versions prior to the upgrade. Preventing people from doing this for their own good seems a bit patronizing.

Of course, this would require modifications in apt*, which wouldn't get backported to the unmaintained release, which won't happen. Perhaps it could be considered for future plans though.


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