ftp dselect for unstable/non-free
Recently Tim Sailer mentioned that the mysql package is in hamm. When
I ran dselect from ftp.debian.org using the ftp method I did not see
any trace of it. I then looked a bit more closely and discovered that
it was in hamm/non-free.
If I want to see the development versions of the non-free packages
listed in dselect instead of the stable versions what do I specify for
the debian directory and for the list of distributions? I tried a
couple of combinations such as the one below but with no joy. Either
a Packages file is not available or the name under which a package is
being selected is off by one directory.
I enclose a sample run.
BTW, since this is an important piece of software for the Debian
release I will take the liberty of suggesting a spelling correction in
this output. It should be "space separated", not "space seperated".
Some (human) editors would even insist upon "space-separated list" but
that may be getting too pedantic.
Enter debian directory [/debian/hamm]: /debian
Note: order here is important. Package files are scanned in order so
later distributions will override earlier ones.
So put stable before unstable.
Enter space seperated list of distributions to get
[non-free contrib hamm]: hamm
Enter directory to download binary package files to
(relative to /var/lib/dpkg/methods/ftp/)
Using FTP to check directories...(stop with ^C)
Connecting to ftp.debian.org...
Login as anonymous...
Setting transfer mode to binary...
Cd to /debian...
Warning: Couldn't find a Packages file in hamm/binary-i386
This may not be a problem if the directory is a symbolic link
Closing ftp connection...
press return to continue
Douglas Bates firstname.lastname@example.org
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University of Wisconsin - Madison http://www.stat.wisc.edu/~bates/
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