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Re: Debian Repository Question

On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 06:23:49PM +0100, gooldi wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a question about the way packages are handled in Debian. I am used 
> to CentOS/Fedora Repositories.

From your question I am guessing you are talking about the current 
stable release (codename etch). 

> My Problem:
> *I have a Package Z that has a dependency on a "Package X Version Y1" in 
> the Repository.
> *Package X Version Y1 is updated to version Y2 in the Repository.
> *My dependency is broken.

This can happen if you run testing (lenny) or unstable (sid).

> My questions are:
> *Where do the old (Y1) packages land? or are the thrown out of the 
> Repository?

Packages removed from the distro can be found at snapshot.debian.net

> *What do the revisions actually mean? (4.0r3) Because there is no way to 
> get to the packages of lets say 4.0r2.

Revisions mean that stable is still 4.0 but it received some updates.  
You can (probably) get old packages from snapshot.d.n (see above), *but* 
the current stable release only receives _security_ and/or _major 
bugfixes_.  You would be better of upgrading to r3. If you think you 
have reasons not to you should ask here.

P.S. Is this a philosophical/hypothetical question or a real situation?  
In case of the later please state what you are actually trying to 
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
(Albert Einstein)

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