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Re: Backporting a package from unstable to stable

> To use an example, I'd like to take the source package for Snort (2.0.0-2) 
> in unstable and rebuild it against stable so that I can update my 
> otherwise stable installation with a newer version of Snort, without 
> dragging in all the other dependencies from unstable that just installing 
> the Snort 2.0.0-2 binary package from unstable would do.
> Is it as simple as using something like pbuilder and tweaking the 
> Build-Depends to match the versions of the packages that are in stable?

To answer the question, the answer is 'no, not always'.

You need some try-and-error, and usually backporting one package
requires backporting of another. However, many people do it due to 
their needs.

The biggest stumbling block is probably debhelper; if you could ignore
that, things would be pretty straightforward (in most cases).


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