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Re: apt preferences (was Re: Mozilla 1.2.1)

* Jeff Cours (linux-j@moriarti.org) [021209 11:01]:
> 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

I highly recommend giving aptitude a whirl.  It handles this setup much
better than dselect.  Dselect doesn't have knowledge of apt's
preferences, whereas aptitude will show you all available versions of a
package and automatically select your preferred one, leaving you the
option of interactively selecting newer versions.  Its handling of
depends, reverse-depends, and multiple versions is really great.

> 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.

Right, that's the whole point of using preferences.  Otherwise you might
as well just go mucking with sources.list.

good times,
"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."  -- Barry Goldwater 

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