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Re: Updating the system - Debian newbie needs help

On 01-Jul-1999, Carley, Jason Australia" <jason_carley@exchange.au.ml.com> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I am considering switching over from SuSE 6.1 to Debian. I guess I am an
> average linux user but I am not really familiar with Debian's way of doing
> things. I am concerned to understand the process that I will need to go
> through to update things like my XFree installation to 3.3.3 as I have a
> RivaTNT card. As well as general packages before I make the jump across.
> I have been reading up on all of the packages and install tools but I don't
> really "get" it yet. Could someone please send me a brief run through on how
> to get the system up-to-date and how to keep it there.

To install debian I can only recommend that you read the release notes.


The most convenient way to upgrade packages using debian is to use the
utility apt.  Once you have dselect installed choose apt as your access

I have attached my /etc/apt/sources.list file.

It attempts to install it packages from the cdrom distribution first.
However if a newer version of the package is available at
ftp.monash.edu.au (my local mirror) it will get the package from there
and so on.

The final two lines are for Xfree86 and gnome 1.0
These are not officially supported Debian packages, but show the power
of apt to select the most recent version of a package available.

# Use for a local mirror - remove the ftp1 http lines for the bits
# your mirror contains.
# deb file:/your/mirror/here/debian stable main contrib non-free
# See sources.list(5) for more information, especial
# Remember that you can only use http, ftp or file URIs

# The slink CD's
#deb file://cdwriter/debian stable main contrib non-free non-US
#deb file://mnt/princess/root/cdrom/debian stable main contrib non-free non-US
#deb file://mnt/dogbert/root/cdrom/debian stable main contrib non-free non-US
deb "cdrom:'Debian 2.1r2 Disk 1'/" debian/dists/frozen/contrib/binary-i386/
deb "cdrom:'Debian 2.1r2 Disk 1'/" debian/dists/frozen/main/binary-i386/
deb "cdrom:'Debian 2.1r2 Disk 1'/" debian/dists/frozen/non-US/binary-i386/
deb "cdrom:'Debian 2.1r2 Disk 1'/" debian/dists/frozen/non-free/binary-i386/
deb "cdrom:'Debian 2.1r2 Disk 2'/" debian/dists/frozen/contrib/binary-i386/
deb "cdrom:'Debian 2.1r2 Disk 2'/" debian/dists/frozen/main/binary-i386/
deb "cdrom:'Debian 2.1r2 Disk 2'/" debian/dists/frozen/non-US/binary-i386/
deb "cdrom:'Debian 2.1r2 Disk 2'/" debian/dists/frozen/non-free/binary-i386/
deb "cdrom:Debian 2.1r2 Disk 5/" debian/dists/frozen/contrib/binary-i386/
deb "cdrom:Debian 2.1r2 Disk 5/" debian/dists/frozen/main/binary-i386/
deb "cdrom:Debian 2.1r2 Disk 5/" debian/dists/frozen/non-US/binary-i386/
deb "cdrom:Debian 2.1r2 Disk 5/" debian/dists/frozen/non-free/binary-i386/

# The stable dist at monash
deb http://ftp.monash.edu.au/pub/linux/distributions/debian stable main
deb http://ftp.monash.edu.au/pub/linux/distributions/debian stable contrib
deb http://ftp.monash.edu.au/pub/linux/distributions/debian stable non-free
deb http://ftp.monash.edu.au/pub/linux/distributions/debian-non-US stable non-US

# upgraded X and apt
deb http://ftp.netgod.net/ x/

# gnome 1.0
deb ftp://mirror.aarnet.edu.au/pub/gnome/gnome-1.0/debian slink main

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