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Re: ssh2 and non-stable

On Wed, 21 Feb 2001, brew@theMode.com wrote:
> Is it safe to run the non-stable software package ssh2? 

Within the bounds of common sense, yes. I do.

> Can I safely use apt-get to install it on my Dell laptop? 

Yes. Be aware that it will probably bring in a new libc and a few other

> I guess my question is really - does non-stable mean it is unsafe, or
> just not garanteed to be safe. 

No assurance. In the last couple of years, unstable has been, well,
unstable on me around three times for a period of around two weeks each.

Day to day, I don't hardly notice. :)

> Will an apt-get installation still check for conflicts and
> dependencies?

Yes. Identically. :)

> And what do I put in my sources.list to get it? I tried adding a
> source suggested on Usenet, but apt-get still could not locate and
> install ssh2.

deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free
deb http://non-us.debian.org unstable/non-US main contrib non-free

The second is probably the more important line.

> I've successfully installed and am running ssh, but one of the servers
> I connect with requires Protocol 2.

Are you *sure* there isn't an OpenSSH client available for stable? I
don't use it, so can't check, but thought that there was.

OpenSSH does support SSH2, although I had some troubles with it. Try
that before committing to unstable, I suggest.

> Thanks.... not only for any help with this but for all the help I've
> gotten reading this list since I started running Debian in August. I'm
> slowly learning little by little thanks to you guys! 

When I was still learning, people helped me. Now I repay that debt. In a
couple of years, you will do the same. So it goes. :)


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This will make threatening him with it much more effective.
        -- P.J. O'Rourke

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