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Re: Why is Debian lagging so much behind Slackware?

On Tue, Aug 14, 2001 at 10:26:42PM -0400, Mark Carroll wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Aug 2001, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> (snip)
> > If you want stable, you get it.  If you want unstable/testing (which
> > means:  usually works, occasionally tweaks), you get it.  Choice.  All
> > fully up to date.
> (snip)
> Well, to an extent. Sometimes when you report a problem with a package,
> the maintainer's reply is basically, "well, use the latest one from
> unstable or wherever, that should work, I'm not interested in fixing the
> old version too", and then you have to update the things the package
> depends on too, and then before you know it it's easier not to use stable
> any more. I like the idea of stable, though and, hey, I still get more
> than I pay for! (-:

Another option which works for me most of the time (don't try this with

Put a source entry for testing or unstable in sources.list and 
'apt-get -b source <packagename>'.

Even better, first upgrade apt this way and in the future do 
'apt-get build-depends <packagename>' first, so that you will get the
necessary -dev libs, etc., installed before attempting to compile source.


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