Re: i think I switched to Etch without knowing it
Colin Ingram wrote:
On a side note: I installed sarge fresh a couple of months ago and I
didn't have a /etc/apt/apt.conf file or /etc/apt/preferences. I
created both by hand.
This is all very mysterious to me, all these people lacking an
I wonder how apt can function without it? In particular, how do you
your Debian version?!
Apt uses its default behavior if you don't have an apt.conf file. As
for version this default behavior is to update to the newest version
available. (see man apt_preferences) So if you don't have an apt.conf
file and you don't have a preferences file and you have multiple
versions specified in your sources.list then you will install/upgrade
from/to sid. (or the most recent version specified in sources.list) On
the other hand if you only specify one release in your sources.list file
(i.e. stable) then apt will install/upgrade from/to stable because those
will be the newest (and only) packages it knows about.
In a nut shell you can control your "version" with the
apt.conf/preferences files or by only downloading a package list from a