Re: Disappearance of experimental packages in dselect
On Tue, 2003-12-02 at 23:03, Barry Hawkins wrote:
> On Dec 2, 2003, at 11:43 AM, Michel Dänzer wrote:
> > On Tue, 2003-12-02 at 17:31, Barry Hawkins wrote:
> >> On Dec 2, 2003, at 11:10 AM, Michel Dänzer wrote:
> >>> On Tue, 2003-12-02 at 16:37, Barry Hawkins wrote:
> >>>> localhost:~# apt-cache policy xserver-xfree86
> >>>> xserver-xfree86:
> >>>> Installed: (none)
> >>>> Candidate: 4.2.1-14
> >>>> Version Table:
> >>>> 4.3.0-0pre1v4 0
> >>>> 1 ftp://ftp.debian.org main/binary-powerpc/ Packages
> >>>> 1 http://http.us.debian.org ../project/experimental/main
> > [...]
> >> Yep, it says 1. At one point, to force dselect to show me the
> >> experimental packages, I had edited my sources.list to have only
> >> http://http.us.debian.org ../project/experimental/main. Could that
> >> have given it the value of 1 that you seem to find unusual?
> > Ah, possibly. You should probably revert to the canonical form.
> Well, I guess this begs the question: "What does it mean to 'revert to
> the canonical form'?"
I meant the canonical form of the sources.list lines, but I misread some
of the above, so that can probably be ignored; I have no idea why it's 1
basically. :\ Then again, I'm not even sure it matters...
> As for the front end I am using, for now I am still speaking of dselect.
Which may still not support multiple package versions, in which case I
wouldn't expect to find anything about them in its documentation...
> If dselect is so poor, why is it the default recommendation on all the
> Debian documentation?
Tradition, and I think aptitude didn't quite make it to be usable enough
for woody. AFAIK this will change for sarge though.
> [...] have since read the following man pages: dselect, sources.list,
> dpkg, apt-get, deb, and apt-cache.
> So far the only reference to specifying a specific version of a package
> has been in the apt-get man page, where it mentions /etc/apt/preferences
> and its use for "pinning".
Pinning is the most powerful and complex way; as I hinted in an earlier
post, -t/--target-release/--default-release is another way, there's also
package/distribution to select the distribution for a single package.
Earthling Michel Dänzer | Debian (powerpc), X and DRI developer
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