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Re: testing and unstable packages?

Ishwar Rattan wrote:

Does it make any sense to mix testing and unstable
packages in updating the system (using apt-get)?
Any potential problems??


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Coming to the question, right now it is not advisable to mix testing and unstable. Unstable is in pretty bad shape right now with C++ ABI transition, KDE transition, gcc4.0 transition etc. Certain programs like labplot, mayavi etc., could not be installed/unusable on unstable while they could be run (I think) on testing machines. You might also want to look at `man apt_preferences` if you want to run a mixed distribution. But it is generally believed that apt_preferences is for experts and can potentially screw up a system if one is not careful.


Kamaraju S Kusumanchi
Graduate Student, MAE
Cornell University

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