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Re: how do I get a Sid package on a Woody system?

On Saturday 31 July 2004 06:29 am, Eric D. Hedekar wrote:
> I've been wanting to get AMSN messenger
> (http://amsn.sourceforge.net/) running on my woody system however the
> .deb package is only available throught the Sid package list.  I
> don't know how to program or compile from source code and when I
> attempt to install the package manually I get stuck in dependency
> hell.  Is there any way to alter the apt-get package list so as to be
> able to get this program?  Thanks.

Sure, no sweat.  Just edit your /etc/apt/sources.list and wherever you 
see the word "stable", change it to "unstable".  Then "apt-get update", 
then "apt-get install the_package_you_want".  After your done, don't 
forget to change your source.list back to the way it was and apt-get 
update again.

But I think there's an even easier way.  Try this before trying the 
method above:
apt-get install -t unstable the_package_you_want

By the way, unless you're using your box for some hardcore mission 
critical server or something, you might want to upgrade to testing or 
unstable for a much nicer desktop experience.  Very easy, edit 
your /etc/apt/sources.list so that all instances of stable say 
"testing" or "unstable" (depending on if you want Sarge or SID), then 
do this:
apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade

Have fun!


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