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Re: Disappearance of experimental packages in dselect

On Dec 2, 2003, at 8:23 PM, Michel Dänzer wrote:

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
   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.

	Thanks, I will try your original suggestion first.

Barry C. Hawkins
All Things Computed
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