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Re: Mixing distributions


add the sources to the testing/unstable systems to your /etc/apt/sources.list and isntall whta packages you want. Note that you may get conflicts with dependenies, etc.

You can also download your .debs and install them by:

dpkg -i <package>.deb

this really should be on debian-user, though, and not debian-cd.


On Sat, Nov 24, 2001 at 10:35:06PM -0200, Filipe Brandenburger wrote:
> Hello,
> I would like some information on how to use APT to do this for me. I'm not
> sure I'm posting to the right list, if I'm not, please tell me to which list
> should I post.
> I would like to maintain a distribution with mixed .debs, some from Debian
> stable, some from Debian testing, and some compiled by myself. I have this
> need because, although I want the system the more simple as possible in the
> base packages (init, bash, vim, gzip, tar, ...), I need to use some very
> recent features of some applications, like web servers and database servers
> (apache, php, mysql, postfix, ...). I also need to have some packages with
> custom patches, and some proprietary software must run on my box (like
> Novell's e-Directory, for example), so I would rather like to package these
> myself.
> Is there a way to install such a system with APT?
> If I can install it with APT, can I manage it with APT, so that when I ask
> APT to upgrade my system it will search for the security updates in the
> stable distribution for my base packages, it will look for new versions of
> my Internet servers in the testing distribution, and it will look for
> updates for my custom packages in a local directory?
> If that's not possible, is there a (easy) way to mirror the trees of Debian
> stable, Debian testing, and some local .debs, so that the packages in the
> destination tree are taken from the corresponding distribution as wanted,
> depending on the rules above? How could I manage packages that are replaced
> by others or split in several others? Can this be done completely
> automatically, or will there be the need of someone inspecting the new
> packages to decide if it should be included or not in some circunstances? Is
> there a reason not to do that?
> Thanks in advance!
> Filipe
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