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Re: repository 'debports' help needed

On 2011-03-06, Paul E Condon <pecondon@mesanetworks.net> wrote:
> Long ago, well before Squeeze became stable, I supmitted a bug report
> on a package in Squeeze/testing. The fix didn't make it into the
> released version, but a few days ago I got an email saying a fixed
> version was available in sid/unstable. Only, when I looked it wasn't
> actually in unstable. It was instead in a repository called 'debports'.
> I need help in setting up apt/aptitude to let me install this package.

Debian ports[1] is a repository for machine architectures which are not
yet officially supported by Debian. Unless you are running Debian on
relatively exotic hardware, you probably don't need it. Are you sure the
email didn't mention 'backports' instead?

> This (I think) involves a line in /etc/apt/sources.list mentioning
> 'debports' . Some lines in a file /etc/apt/preferences. And, something
> in a directory, /etc/apt/apt.conf.d Or, perhaps /etc/apt/preferences.d
> The package at issue is gdm3. I feel obligated to at least look at
> it, since the fix seems to have been something relatively difficult, 
> in that it seemed to involve papering over a major design f---up in
> gnome.

GDM 2 is still available in squeeze (as the package gdm), so at least
you are not forced to upgrade or switch to a different display manager

> So what must I put in the various magic places in /etc/apt so that I
> can install this special gdm3 using aptitude?
> TIA 

1. http://www.debian-ports.org/

Liam O'Toole
Cork, Ireland

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