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Re: Running gnome2.2 woody backport on sarge/testing

On Thu, 2003-05-01 at 18:19, Zenaan Harkness wrote:
> Can this be done?
> Can I just use the sources.list lines for 'stable' at
> http://people.debian.org/~walters/gnome2.html
> even though the rest of my system is 'testing' and everything will just
> work? Or will I end up with dependency or upgrade problems?
> Alternatively, do people recommend that I just upgrade to 'unstable'?
> (I have a local testing mirror courtesy apt-move, and I hear that on
> occasion, unstable can break: my preference is to stay on testing.)

Though I don't have personal experience with using the backport with
testing, many people run the backport with testing and have been happy
with (based on feedback I have gotten).  Make sure you have xfree86 4.2
though.  The backport is compiled with libc6 and gcc 2.95 (with a few
packages using gcc-3.0) from woody.  Presumably there wouldn't be any
problems if testing has a later version of libc6.

That said, there is an important caveat-- once xfree86 4.3 (and later
versions of freetype and fontconfig) hits testing, there will be
problems because the backport depends on libxft2 and it will be
incompatible with xfree86 4.3.  A workaround for when that happens could
be to apt pin xfree86 packages until gnome2.2 hits testing.

Jamie Strandboge

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