[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: apt 0.5.4: preferences file

Jens, Thanks for the ideas. In fact, today, I did a Google search on 
``/etc/apt/preferences" and got many of the same results. My 
German is not as good as my Scandinavian languages (I did post-
graduate study in Sweden and later married a Norwegian-American 
whom I met while she was majoring in Scandinavian studies) so I 
read the articles in English, French and Danish before venturing 
into the German.

The other problem was that the Google results suggested that the 
apt_preferences system appears to have taken the developers 
some time to debug. There were a lot of ``unintended 
consequences" during the process. More recently, a number of 
user messages picked up by the Google search seem to have had 
trouble understanding the process. I am not surprised. I did too.

The following appears to accomplish exactly what I am looking for --
namely to update packages downloaded from testing with testing 
updates and to update packages downloaded from unstable with 
unstable updates but not to transfer anything from testing to 
unstable without explicit user intervention.

Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 777
Package: *
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 333

Thanks again for the help.

On 13 Oct 2001, at 21:34, Jens Benecke wrote:

> http://www.google.com/search?q=apt%20preferences%20testing%20unstable
> Well, save yourself and ask Google. First hit. 
> Number four (Linux User FAQ) is actually from one of my web sites. ;)

Reply to: