mixing stable and testing
I'm new to Debian. I'm replacing an old RH firewall/router/server with Woody.
I obviously want to track stable (since this server needs to be secure),
but there are a few packages that I want from testing or unstable. How to
I've read that the safest way to go is to get the sources for the packages
I want and recompile, to avoid picking up other unwanted dependencies.
But I don't understand how this will interact with APT. That is, suppose
I get the sources, compile, and install the resulting binary package.
What happens when the package is updated in testing/unstable? Will
apt-get or dselect get me the updated _source_ package? The binary
package? Or will I have to manually track the package myself.
Similarly, what happens if it's updated in stable? Will my package from
testing/unstable be replaced?
Do I need to pin the package in my apt configuration?
Finally, should I delete the binary package I built once it's installed or
should I stash it somewhere? If I keep it, does it need to be in a
special directory structure? Does it need to be referenced by
Thanks in advance for any insight,