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Re: Debian-Multimedia

On Sun,21.Feb.10, 23:00:25, Freeman wrote:
> Nevertheless, my read is that if you install one of Marillat's sid packages,
> it will be 1.) a higher version of the 2.) same release from the 3.)
> Multimedia distribution.
> If you set your target release as described to unstable, unstable packages
> from the debian distribution will receive a priority of 990.  That will not
> allow an automatic upgrade to a different distribution (Multimedia) but it
> also will not allow an automatic downgrade from a higher release.
Only debian-multimedia is not a different distribution, just a different 

$ apt-cache policy mplayer
  Instalat: 1:1.0.rc2svn20100219-0.0
  Candidează: 1:1.0.rc2svn20100219-0.0
  Tabela de versiuni:
 *** 1:1.0.rc2svn20100219-0.0 0
        500 http://www.debian-multimedia.org sid/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     1:1.0.rc2svn20091220-0.0 0
        500 http://www.debian-multimedia.org squeeze/main Packages
     1.0~rc3+svn20090405-1+b1 0
        500 http://debian.networx-bg.com sid/main Packages
        500 http://ftp.at.debian.org squeeze/main Packages
     1.0~rc2-17+lenny3 0
        500 http://ftp.at.debian.org lenny/main Packages

As you can see, debian-multimedia and my regular Debian source have same 
priority and setting Default-Release will affect both, but the 
"higher"[1] version from debian-multimedia is still installed 

[1] I write "higher" with quotes because the actual version is smaller, 
but Christian Marillat is using an epoch to get his version before the 
official one.

> I think you should just set your target release to unstable and leave
> Multimedia open.
> If you have to pin a package with a target release set, you'll have to pin
> it between 991-1000 to get the upgrade.
> Package: < package_name >
> Pin: version < n.n.n* >
> Pin-Priority: 991

Just pinning debian-multimedia to a lower priority than the official 
source should be enough. What ever you (the OP) are trying out, use 
apt-cache policy <package> to test. mplayer is a good package to test 
because it exists in both repos.

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