Re: Probs Installing Testing pkgs on Woody stable
On Sat, 2003-10-11 at 05:34, Eric Walstad wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm a Debian newbie. Please be gentle.
> I've installed Woody stable and now find that I need to install:
> for a project I'm working on. I think these packages are only available in
> Debian's Sarge/Testing, but I'm not entirely clear on how to tell that for
(If you have galeon, just type the package name into the debs field in
the bookmarks toolbar and it will fetch that URL for you.)
> When I try to dpkg --install them or apt-get install them I get errors
> to the effect that I'm going to screw with other packages if I install these.
> Sorry, I'm at home now and don't have the command lines I issued nor the
> error messages.
Some apt requests can be impossible to fulfil; you would need to show
the error messages.
> I think my problems are, and hope for help with:
> - I'm confused about apt-get vs. dpkg, when to use which and what they can and
> can't do. I thought that one or both would magically handle the dependencies
> for me, installing what is needed for me even if it meant replacing packages
> with newer, testing, versions.
apt-get will install all packages needed to fulfil your request, if it
is possible. The command is
apt-get install package
dpkg installs a single package from a deb file:
dpkg -i /path/to/package_1.2.3-4_i386.deb
Using dpkg may leave dependencies unmet. Apt-get uses dpkg to install
> - Should I up[grade|date] my entire installation to Sarge/Testing? If so,
> how? The best I could find on Debian.org said that I should burn a minimal
> CD and then install from the net. Burning the CD is no trouble but, when I
> tried to take this approch when installing Woody, it was not clear to me how
> to specify a network install and from which site[s] the deb packages should
I would not advise using sarge; things tend to be out of date for a long
time and non-bugginess is not guaranteed. unstable gets problems fixed
much more quickly, though you are at the small risk of serious problems
if there are bad bugs in a package.
> - Should I just install these packages in non-debian form (from sources)?
If you do, put them in /usr/local so as not to conflict with files
installed by packages.
Oliver Elphick Oliver.Elphick@lfix.co.uk
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