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Re: What Version of Debian am I Running?

On Mon, 2005-01-24 at 07:17 -0800, Kirchner, Patrick wrote:
> Hello,
> I've been running Debian unstable/Sid for 6 months or so and am really
> enjoying it.  I've been keeping things up-to-dates with "apt-get
> update; apt-get -u upgrade", and would install updates every week or
> two.  In the last few weeks I started noticing a long list of packages
> that were described as being "kept back" or "held back", so I did an
> "apt-get dist-upgrade" and no longer get the message about the
> packages being "kept back".
> Was there a shift in what was considered Sid, so that when I thought I
> was still running Sid/unstable I was actual running
> Sarge/testing?  Did I correct the situation by running "apt-get
> dist-upgrade" and am I once again running the Sid/unstable?
> Here is my sources.list file:
> #Debian Unstable
> deb http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib
> deb-src http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ unstable main non-free
> contrib
> I'm not having any problems per say, but I'm just a bit confused about
> what happened.  If someone could shed some light on the situation I'd
> be most appreciative.

You are still running Sid.  Since your sources.list only contains
Sid, how could it be otherwise?

This is why you were getting hold backs:
$ man apt-get
              upgrade  is used to install the newest versions of
              all packages currently  installed  on  the  system
              from      the      sources      enumerated      in
              /etc/apt/sources.list.  Packages   currently   in-
              stalled  with new versions available are retrieved
              and upgraded; under no circumstances are currently
              installed  packages  removed,  or packages not al-
              ready installed retrieved and installed. New  ver-
              sions  of currently installed packages that cannot
              be upgraded without changing the install status of
              another package will be left at their current ver-
              sion. An update must be performed  first  so  that
              apt-get  knows  that  new versions of packages are

dist-upgrade doesn't have that limitation.  Another way to get rid
of them would have been to manually install the held-back packages.

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