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Re: Mixing woody and sarge

On Tue, Dec 09, 2003 at 09:59:44PM +0530, Rajkumar S wrote:
| Hi,
| What will happen when I add testing lines also in sources.list of a 
| stable (woody) box and apt-get  a package available in testing? For 
| example ulogd.
| After that will the box be stable (woody), with just that package (and 
| dependencies) from testing?


The hitch is that libc6 has changed, and so installing any package in
sarge or sid will pull in the new libc, and that in turn will force
other packages to be upgraded.  This is just a matter of following the

So at this point, a mixed woody/sarge or woody/sid system is virtually
impossible.  You would have almost entirely a sarge or sid system,
with only traces of woody.

| What happens when a security updates comes in security.debian.org
| for that package? Will it gets installed or will it take the updates
| from testing?

If the version you have installed is older than the version in
security, that will be installed.  If you installed a newer version
from testing, then apt will not automatically downgrade to the version
in security.

| What happens when I do apt-get upgrade, will all packages get updated to 
| testing?

No.  You'll have lots of "held back" packages.

| what about apt-get dist-upgrade?


| As you can see I am a bit confused about the whole thing, Can some one 
| throw some light on this?

Also take a look at "apt preferences".  (man 5 apt_preferences)  You
can set various packages or releases to certain priorities which can
take precedence over the version of the package.

I hope this clarifies things.


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