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Re: Advice on staying current

On Sat, Dec 16, 2006 at 04:08:13PM +0000, andy wrote:
> Hey all
> Well, this is about the anniversary of week one as a Debian Etch user, and I must say, it has 
> been a very cool experience so far. There have been a couple of hiccups, but as I haven't been 
> able to reproduce them, I'll let those slide for now. Otherwise, this has been a great experience 
> and I am loving having access to so many applications that install so well: what a breeze!!
> Anyway, I just wanted to pick the collective brain here: short of doing a dist-upgrade with 
> apt-get, or upgrading individual packages, is there a third way of ensuring that the system-wide 
> software I am running is up-to-date (although, I don't want bleeding edge from Sid!!)?

As long as your sources.list points only to etch (or testing) you should
be fine, though you probably should change any 'testing' to 'etch' before the
Also, until the release, you could also put this in /etc/apt/apt.conf
(create it if you don't have it).

    APT::Default-Release "unstable";

You can always check your setup with 'apt-cache policy'. It should show
priority 990 for etch/testing and only 500 if you have sources for unstable
and/or stable as well.

P.S. You might want to try 'upgrade' before 'dist-upgrade'. 'dist-upgrade'
is more aggresive and often not necessary. Also be sure to check what you
are upgrading, not to have any unpleasant surprises ;)
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
(Albert Einstein)

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