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Re: Debian SID or Wheezy/SID?

Andrei POPESCU states:

> > Something like "unstable users should have testing in their 
> > sources.list, period." has been posted a few years ago by a member of 
> > the Release Team (Adeodato Simò, if memory serves me) and my reading of 
> > -devel and -devel-announce didn't suggest any (major) change in this 
> > recommendation.

Curiously I've had these sources in my list a while and wasn't aware I was
actually benefiting from a Release Team suggestion:

<with thanks to Bob Proulx for this informative command line entry>

  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.6.0-1+b1
  Version table:
     0.6.0-1+b1 0
        500 http://mirror.anl.gov/debian/ unstable/main amd64 Packages
        500 http://mirror.anl.gov/debian/ testing/main amd64 Packages

Why is it exactly some are using the ''Toy Story' character names when
it would be less confusing to just stick with UNSTABLE and TESTING,
notwithstanding STABLE users of course. 


> That is a very interesting point.  I had not encountered that strategy
> before.  Hmm...  Would keeping Testing in the list along with Sid make
> for a system where things are generally more installable?  It probably
> would!  I will need to consider this longer but I think you have
> raised a very good point and have convinced me that Testing+Unstable
> is a valid and useful combination that exists between them.
> For me on Sid systems I already have installed everything that I want
> to install.  So temporary transitions where packages have been removed
> only very rarely affect me.  But I am concerned about upgrades.  I
> usually upgrade daily in order to be able to catch problems and file
> bugs as soon to the problematic upload as possible.  And I am
> concerned about upgrades from Stable so that the next release is in
> good shape for things I care about.  But I haven't been focusing on
> whether something I care about is installable or not in Unstable.  I
> am confident that won't slip into a release.  If I run into a problem
> with an uninstallable package in Unstable I simply deal with it at the
> time that it happens.  It isn't unusual to have a package that is
> uninstallable in Sid due to broken dependencies.  But when I hit those
> problems I usually use the archive.debian.net repository and manually
> select a contour version of packages.  For many people being able to
> select versions from Testing seems easy and reasonable.
> > Hmm, maybe I should try to get the Release Team's current opinion on 
> > this and suggest a patch for the Debian Reference...
> If you do then I would be very interesting to know the result.
> Thanks!
> Bob

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