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Re: Which X pkgs to hold?

On Wed, Dec 18, 2002 at 09:42:17PM +0100, Tony Crawford wrote:
> Hi Gang!
> I have a woody notebook and put XFree86 4.2.0 on it from the 
> tarballs (because of better hdw support than in X v3). Now I 
> want to try out some window managers, but apt-get wants to 
> install xfree86-common every time I ask it for an X app. 
> The Question:
> - What packages do I need to mark as "hold" (or better?) to save 
> the XFree86 v4 installation from getting damageed? (I took most 
> of the options offered in the X installation routine, except 
> Japanese fonts etc.)
> - Where would I have looked to find this out myself if I were a 
> smarter user?

Do not compile and install yourself until you do not ask question like
this :)  Look (apt-cache policy):

  Installed: 4.2.1-3
  Candidate: 4.2.1-4
  Version Table:
     4.2.1-4 0
        800 http://http.us.debian.org unstable/main Packages
 *** 4.2.1-3 0
        700 http://http.us.debian.org testing/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     4.1.0-16 0
        500 http://http.us.debian.org stable/main Packages

X4.2 is already in testing.  So upgrading to tesing was much easy way 
and right thing to do.  (You can selectively upgrade partially to
testing too.  Just upgrade programs X depends on. "apt-get install -t
testing xfree86-common")

If you needed X4.3, install it to /usr/local so it will not conflict
with Debian package.  If you want to remove X, use equivs to satisfy
dependancy but as long as path are set right, your local binary should
co-exist with debian ones.

If course if you are one of the super geeks, you can build X4.3 package
and send a buzz to Branden.  If you used properversioning building
package, you will not be bugged by upgrade.  See latest X development


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