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Re: Two suggestions for woody release



On Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 04:23:48PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 29, 2002 at 10:18:43PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> >      apt-get --distribution=sid install FOO

> apt-get install -t unstable foo
> apt-get install foo/unstable

> both work, if you've got a recent enough apt.

Is there a way for users to easily do this without having to add an 
unstable repository to the sources.list and exposing themselves to 
problems with misplaced apt-get upgrades or apt-get dist-upgrades?  
Presumably, a user availing himself of this feature would still want to 
use apt-get upgrade to periodically grab security updates without having 
to worry about ending up in sid-land.

Yes, of course there's apt pin support, but the people we're most 
concerned about not accidentally running unstable are the ones least 
capable of figuring out pin support on their own.  So for Thomas's idea 
to work, there needs to be either an easy interface to allow users to 
configure this functionality, or a failsafe pin config that does what's 
needed.  I agree though that as far as raw apt functionality is
concerned, we seem to already be where we need to be.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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