Thanks for the replies.
So I've edited /etc/apt/preferences such:
stuckey@debian:~$ cat /etc/apt/preferences
Pin: origin www.debian-multimedia.org
And now, when I do "apt-cache policy mplayer" I get:
debian:/home/stuckey# apt-cache policy mplayer
200 http://www.debian-multimedia.org sid/main Packages
500 http://ftp.de.debian.org unstable/main Packages
I assume that means that when I just removed it, and then reinstalled
it, that it took it from ftp.de.debian.org.
So with such a configuration, how can I tel it that I want to install
mplayer from debian-multimedia?
Quoting Andrei Popescu <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
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.)
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
Tabela de versiuni:
*** 1:1.0.rc2svn20100219-0.0 0
500 http://www.debian-multimedia.org sid/main Packages
500 http://www.debian-multimedia.org squeeze/main Packages
500 http://debian.networx-bg.com sid/main Packages
500 http://ftp.at.debian.org squeeze/main Packages
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" version from debian-multimedia is still installed
 I write "higher" with quotes because the actual version is smaller,
but Christian Marillat is using an epoch to get his version before the
I think you should just set your target release to unstable and leave
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* >
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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