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Re: Pinning vs. conflicting

Juliusz Chroboczek <jch@pps.univ-paris-diderot.fr> writes:
>> You have not yet explained why apt pinning is not enough.
> I'd appreciate an explanation too.  I've inserted in my apt/preferences
> file the incantation given by Vitali F. (to whom thanks) at the very
> beginning of this thread, and it appears to have the requested effect.
> I've looked through the whole thread, and I can see the following reasons:
>  - conflicting packages are honoured by dpkg, unlike pinning;
>  - a package can conflict with multiple packages, while you need
>    multiple pinning entries;

You have to drop one file (you may even call it the same name that you'd use
for the conflicting package) into /etc/apt/preferences.d/. That file can
pin as many packages as you want.

>  - there's a number of user-friendly frontends to apt, while pinning
>    requires using a text editor (the horror!).

Anyone who knows about (let alone is interested in) a package
conflicting with systemd is most certainly able to drop a file into a

Now someone will probably suggest to create a package that doesn't
conflict with anything but instead installs


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