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apt preferences (was Re: Mozilla 1.2.1)



Ron Johnson wrote:

From "apt-cache showpkg mozilla-browser":
sid:  1.2-1
sarge: 1.1-1
woody: 1.0.0-0.woody.1

I get something a little different with a fresh update this morning:

Package: mozilla-browser
Versions:
2:1.2.1-2(/var/lib/apt/lists/ftp.us.debian.org_debian_dists_unstable_main_binary
-i386_Packages)
2:1.0.0-0.woody.1(/var/lib/apt/lists/security.debian.org_dists_stable_updates_ma
in_binary-i386_Packages)(/var/lib/apt/lists/ftp.us.debian.org_debian_dists_stabl
e_main_binary-i386_Packages)(/var/lib/apt/lists/ftp.us.debian.org_debian_dists_t
esting_main_binary-i386_Packages)(/var/lib/dpkg/status

But I'm still trying to figure out apt preferences, so this stuff could be way out to lunch. Which brings me to my question.

I generally manage packages using dselect. I'm running testing, but would like to pick up a package or two from unstable (namely, Mozilla 1.2.1, rather than the 1.0.0 that's in stable). However, I'd still like the machine to be mostly based on testing and stable. Is there a way to tell dselect to show me available packages from unstable? Or is that something people generally use apt-get to do? Here is my current /etc/apt/preferences

Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 700

Package: *
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 70

I'm a little concerned with the idea of bumping up unstable's priority because I don't want to upgrade everything to unstable, just selected packages.

thanks,
Jeff




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