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Re: sources.list directory specification

On 02/09/11 03:06, Tom H wrote:
On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 11:13 AM,<rlharris@hal-pc.org>  wrote:

I am trying to compose a sources.list file for each of three machines;
one is for Lenny (oldstable), one is for Squeeze (stable), and one is
for Wheezy (testing).

According to "Index of /pub/debian/dists" at
http://ftp.pl.debian.org/pub/debian/dists/ ,
for Squeeze there are three directories, namely:

� �=>  squeeze
� �=>  squeeze-updates
� �=>  squeeze-proposed-updates

Likewise, for Lenny there are two directories, namely:

� �=>  lenny
� �=>  lenny-proposed-updates

And for Wheezy, there are two directories, namely:

� �=>  wheezy
� �=>  wheezy-proposed-updates

However, the Debian Sources List Generator
(http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/) and numerous sources.list examples
posted on the web by various individuals use the form:

� �=>  lenny/updates
� �=>  squeeze/updates
� �=>  wheezy/updates

rather than:

� �=>  lenny-updates
� �=>  squeeze-updates
� �=>  wheezy-updates

Which form is correct? is it permissible to use either form? �may the
forms be mixed within a single sources.list file?

Yes - though you might consider reading up on pinning.


deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny main contrib non-free
deb http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main
contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib non-free
# deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny-proposed-updates main
contrib non-free


deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ squeeze-updates main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free
# deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ squeeze-proposed-updates main
contrib non-free


"<release>/updates" is meant for security updates.
"<release>-updates" is a Squeeze/Wheezy replacement of Lenny's "lenny/volatile".
"<release>-proposed-updates" is meant for testing packages before
they're released.

I'd echo Tom's suggestions.

NOTE: http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/ doesn't appear to be an official Debian site, strangely it's located in China, registered in Switzerland, by a German (!)

I'd be cautious about enabling backports, proposed, and, especially, multimedia - except on a case-by-case basis (enable when needed, install only what cannot be got from the standard repo, disable when done).


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"this is a hijacking"
"where do you want to go - Cuba?"
"No, I want to go where this plane was supposed to be five hours ago"
That's right, I'm hijacking this plane to it's scheduled destination."
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