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Re: Two different libpng2_1.0.12-3.woody.3_i386.deb?

On Wed, Dec 03, 2003 at 02:46:59PM -0600, Chad Walstrom wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 03, 2003 at 06:30:16PM +0100, Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 03, 2003 at 05:44:36PM +0100, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > > file=main/libp/libpng/libpng2_1.0.12-3.woody.3_i386.deb
> > > wget -q -O 1.deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/$file
> > > wget -q -O 2.deb http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/$file
> > > diff 1.deb 2.deb
> > 
> > > Binary files 1.deb and 2.deb differ
> The security archive are updates to the stable archive.  The stable
> archive does not get updated on a regular or even semi-regular basis.
> It only gets updated periodically, when a new release of stable is made.
> This is a very formal event.  Updates that have accumulated in the
> security archive may be moved over into the standard archive at this
> time.  Otherwise, they do not intermingle.

This does explain why on stable sometimes packages are more outdated
than on security (because there has been no point release since).

But this does not explain why it can happen that there are _two
different_ versions of the _exactly same_ version of a package. This is
i.m.h.o. a bit strange.

> If in doubt, use the latest stable debian version of the software,
> regardless of which archive (security or standard) it comes from.

It isn't 'regardless' since they are different (though only in gzip


Jeroen van Wolffelaar
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