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Re: System failures: LEDs 1, 2 & 6: thanks for the replies

On Sun, 21 Apr 2002, Dean Allen Provins wrote:

> Carlos and Martin-Éric:
> Thanks for the replies.  I will ensure that an "apt-get update/upgrade"
> is done as soon as we get our network connection back.  I presume that
> the unstable release is what we should be using.

Depends.  Here, I use the APT release balancing trick.  It allows someone to
give priority to a release track over another, but still makes it possible to
download packages from others.  In my case, priority is given to testing, but
unstable is available and used if apackage only exists there.

To try it, you need lines towards testing and unstable, in /etc/apt/sources.list
and then a file called /etc/apt/preferences whose content looks something like:

Package: *
Pin: release a=stable
Pin-priority: 900

Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-priority: 100

Package: *
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-priority: 50

The above example gives absolute priority to stable (if there's a stable branch,
this is not yet the case for hppa), allows testing as a second choice, then uses
packages from unstable as a last resort.

Martin-Éric Racine, Helsinki, Finland.
+358 41 474 0289

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