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Re: apt-get source problem

On Wed, Dec 12, 2001 at 01:13:50AM -0500, Justin R. Miller wrote:
> Thus spake Nathan E Norman (nnorman@micromuse.com):
> > $ apt-get source php4/testing 
> > 
> > should work, but doesn't.  It says "unable to find a source package
> > for php4/testing" ...
> > 
> > I'm looking at the pool directory and the source for 4.0.100 (the
> > version in testing) is there ... so you could always download it
> > manually and use dpkg-source to unpack.  However, it seems like
> > apt-get should be able to do it ...
> > 
> > After reading the man page a few times, I tried
> > 
> > $ apt-get source php4=3:4.0.100-1
> > 
> > and it works!!  Use "apt-cache show <pkgname>" and look for the
> > "Version:" tag to see what you need to put after the = char (make sure
> > you're looking at the correct entry; "apt-cache show" shows info for
> > all the releases it knows about.  In the case of php4 with my
> > sources.list this means I have 4 entries (sid, woody, potato,
> > security).
> > 
> > This is cool!  I learned something today :)
> I think that the -t flag works for getting source as well.  Have a look
> at the man page. 

It didn't.  I tried that and thought I mentioned it in my email ...
that bit seems to have been omitted.  My bad.

I've been using -t to install stuff from unstable; I use pinning to
track testing by default.  I don't claim to be an apt-get expert (you
want Jason Gunthorpe there), but I'm not exactly inexperienced either.

I've just tried it again ... "apt-get -t testing source php4" installs
version 3:4.1-2.

Did you actually try this, or just post based on your interpretation
of the man page?  If you actually read my post you'd have noticed that
I did read the man page.  IMO, the behavior of the -t flag combined
with source matches the behavior described in the section describing
the source directive.

Nathan Norman - Staff Engineer | A good plan today is better
Micromuse Ltd.                 | than a perfect plan tomorrow.
mailto:nnorman@micromuse.com   |   -- Patton

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