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Re: Using apt to install only one package

Ron Johnson wrote:
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On 07/14/08 14:32, andy wrote:
I don't mind installing more packages than what I had thought I needed:
I am quite happy to believe that apt knows more than I do about what is
best for my machine!!

I was just concerned that with my sources.list opened up to a Sid
repository temporarily for the purposes of this operation - to retrieve
a kernel header for the nVidia driver - that if apt downloaded and
installed a whole bunch of other packages that I would end up in the
sticky situation of having a mixed set of libraries. I have a lot of
work that I need to get on with, so the last thing I needed was an
unstable system because I'd gotten Lenny and Sid libraries all confused.
Hence my reluctance to walk down that particular road without getting a
clearer sense of what was going on.

If it is a case of allowing apt to do its thing, then who am I to argue
with that. I would like to use the 2-6-25 kernel, but to be honest am
not wedded to needing to do so, so am relaxed about proceeding cautiously.

This is why I use the nvidia driver straight from nvidia.com.

Of course, I boot directly into the console, and have no qualms
about rebuilding the driver after upgrading the kernel...

- --
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA  USA

"Kittens give Morbo gas.  In lighter news, the city of New New
York is doomed."
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Yep - I too used the driver straight from nVidia itself which is why I think that I may have run aground with the kernel update, unless the link Mumia supplied reflects a broader concern. I too received an error message about a Xen kernel but didn't have the foggiest what that meant.

Unlike you, I have mucho qualms about upgrading a kernel :-) so tend to steer away from doing so if I can.

BTW - your sig: you have "New New York", so unless it is an updated version of NYC, I suspect it might be a typo?



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