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The list seems to get longer every week. Can anyone tell me why these are kept back? Are there unfulfilled dependencies in testing for these packages? Will they resovlve themselves over time as packages move from sid to etch?
I tried looking at the deps (apt-cache showpkg firefox) for one of the packages that was kept back, but I couldn't tell what was happening.
My (limited) experience with testing over the years has been that they resolve themselves over time. However, I've also had some success by using a combination of aptitude upgrade and dist-upgrades (both aptitude and apt-get). Sometimes trying a combination of aptitude & apt-get and upgrades and dist-upgrades can help install some of them.
Also, I did have a problem with a package I installed from a third party repo that needed some of the old packages, which of course were then kept back because the this app needed them... removing that app (and or upgrading it) fixed that problem...