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Re: A tool for tracking masked updates to stable packages


Marcin Owsiany wrote:
> |  - making local changes to the official version. In this case, the most
> |    reliable way is to make the version string sort as older than the
> |    official one (using the "tilde" feature of dpkg) and force
> |    installation of such package using pinning. (The other strategy:
> |    trying to invent a version string newer than the current one, but
> |    older than the next one is difficult to do reliably.)

  In that case, a solution that comes to my mind is to use the Forbid
feature of aptitude: you install the locally-modified version and forbid
the version currently in stable. This way, aptitude won't install it,
but it will upgrade to a later version if there is one.

  Of course, you'll still have to prepare a new version based on the new
one, but at least, you'll notice there is an upgrade available.



Vincent Fourmond, Debian Developer

It was funny how people were people everywhere you went, even if the
people concerned weren't the people the people who made up the phrase
``people are people everywhere'' had traditionally thought of as people.
 -- Terry Pratchet, The Fifth Elephant

Vincent, listening to Darlene (Led Zeppelin)

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