On Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 11:26:11PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote: > Daniel Burrows <Daniel_Burrows@brown.edu> writes: > > Perhaps it should require an act of will to start automatically using > > unstable. Isn't there a way for Release files to set a default pin or > > something? (I seem to remember that experimental is not the default > > target by default) > If a user explicitly asks for a sid package, then that's an act of > will. > However, I've now been told by the apt maintainer that the default > configuration should be to have no configuration file at all. He put > on a smiley; I think he more or less ignored the report, and I've > asked him to reconsider. From the apt maintainer's POV, this is probably correct. Neither /etc/apt/sources.list nor /etc/apt/preferences is a conffile, and the only thing that apt does in its maintainer scripts is create a default sources.list if none exists -- a default file which is subsequently mangled extensively by the Debian installer, if I'm not mistaken. Since apt is not Debian-specific, it's reasonable to not want a Debian-specific preferences file shipped by default. Rather, the file should probably be provided by some other component of the Debian installer, IMHO. I don't know which package this would be, however. Steve Langasek postmodern programmer  using /usr/doc/apt/examples/sources.list as the source path, btw -- who said it wouldn't break anything if we didn't ship /usr/doc in woody?
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