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Re: Debian derivatives census: Aptosid, Emdebian, Parsix: incorrectly listing Debian in Origin/Label

On Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM, Paul Wise <pabs@debian.org> wrote:
> Several derivatives are incorrectly listing Debian in Origin/Label in
> the Release file in their apt repositories. In addition, the Description
> fields in the Release files often appear to claim they are Debian's
> repositories. It would be great if you could fix these issues.

Note that fixing this in existing releases might break APT preferences a
user has (or unbreak it – at least it changes, which you might not want
in a release) [and if I see that right, all three are tracking unstable
directly, which might make that even harder as there are no releases per-se
and the origin of most packages is indeed Debian with 100% compatibility as
they are overlay-style archives]

I am talking about pinning like that for example:
$ cat /etc/apt/preferences.d/example
Package: *
Pin: release o=Debian,l=Debian
Pin-Priority: 815

On the other side, as I was asked that a few times:
There is no special handling provided by declaring "Origin: Debian" in APT
itself, it is just used to provide the user with a means to pin packages and
APT is shipping without any pins by default.

Other APT-based tools might use that information a bit more though, I e.g.
think unattended-upgrades uses the Origin field, but I haven't checked.

Best regards

David Kalnischkies

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