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Re: Installing a Lenny package to an Etch machine



On 2008-03-31 21:15 +0200, andy wrote:

> I am wanting to install Homebank on an Etch machine. Trouble is, it
> looks like it is only available for testing/Lenny and Sid.
>
> http://homebank.free.fr/index.php?id=20
> http://packages.qa.debian.org/h/homebank.html
>
> Is it best to simply give this a miss, or to download a tar ball and
> convert it to a deb package via (is it) alien? Or, can one install a
> testing package on a stable machine?

Only if you are willing to upgrade a lot of other packages as well,
namely the libraries that the package depends on.  This is probably not
what you want, so a better way is to build homebank from source.  You
can either try to backport the Debian package (if you're lucky, a simple
rebuild on Etch will do the trick) or use upstream's tarball.  The
latter has the advantage that it's a newer version than the Debian
package, but you may have more problems finding out the build
dependencies; for Debian sources, `dpkg-buildpackage' will tell you what
is needed.

Sven


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