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Re: mixing stable and testing

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On Mon, Jan 26, 2004 at 06:31:24PM -0800, David Rothenberger wrote:
> IIUC, that messages describes how to install binary packages.  In fact, 
> the whole thread seemed to focus on that.  The Debian Reference (section 
> 6.4.10) suggests that it's better to compile from source packages, so you 
> don't end up upgrading libc, for example.  Is this really true?

Yes.  You should be able to do this with apt, even.  Just add lines
for testing and/or unstable, but only the deb-src lines.  Then, when
you want to build a package from testing or unstable, as root...

# apt-get -b build-dep <package>
# apt-get -b source <package>

This can get complex, and in cases where packages needed to build are
in unstable, but not stable, it Just Won't Work.

I would double-check http://www.backports.org/ and
http://www.apt-get.org/ to make sure there isn't a source with
prebuilt packages already first.

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