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Old 06-20-2004, 05:55 PM   #1
Gordon Airporte
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Debian Unstable update treadmill causing problems


I was doing okay with Debian unstable until I got lazy about doing every little version 1.22.43-05 -> 1.22.43-06 upgrade of my software, so a bunch of that crap accumulated and I tried to take care of all of it in one 400 MB download. Anyway, it somehow broke the transparency and icon highlighting in KDE so it works in what looks like 16 colors, and gkrellm is broken too because of one of its libs.
I'd like to stick with Debian, I'd like to stick with the most recent software out to one or two decimal places, but I don't want to have to do these horrible tiny incremental upgrades.
Is there anyway I can downgrade everything back to where it worked, and then maintain it there with only meaningful upgrades?
 
Old 06-20-2004, 08:59 PM   #2
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Try doing an apt-get dist-upgrade. This can help sometimes. Also whats the output of apt-get, afterwards, whats left behind?
 
Old 06-20-2004, 09:26 PM   #3
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Re: Debian Unstable update treadmill causing problems

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Originally posted by Gordon Airporte
I was doing okay with Debian unstable until I got lazy about doing every little version 1.22.43-05 -> 1.22.43-06 upgrade of my software, so a bunch of that crap accumulated and I tried to take care of all of it in one 400 MB download. Anyway, it somehow broke the transparency and icon highlighting in KDE so it works in what looks like 16 colors, and gkrellm is broken too because of one of its libs.
I'd like to stick with Debian, I'd like to stick with the most recent software out to one or two decimal places, but I don't want to have to do these horrible tiny incremental upgrades.
Is there anyway I can downgrade everything back to where it worked, and then maintain it there with only meaningful upgrades?
there is a way do downgrade as i already seen it on the net, but you are using DEBIAN SID and you must be prepared to fix it when it breaks, that's why they call it unstable for gurus and testers or guys who like to live on the line...I myself use few packages from stable and unstable but not that much(ie around ten).
the bleeding edge has always improvements and bugs in all distros who have stable, testing and unstable branches and even those who don't
 
Old 06-21-2004, 03:14 PM   #4
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Well, I've been laboring under a misapprehension. I thought that 'unstable' was more stable than 'testing', turns out it's the other way around. :-P
So it looks like I want to run Sarge/testing, and I've googled around about downgrading. There seem to be two approaches, one that's very complicated and involves scripting, parsing html and so forth, and the other that has to do with setting 'pin' options somewhere in Debian's config files. I'm going to try the pin option first, though I haven't yet found a straight foreward explanation of what I need to do. If someone can provide one, I'd appriciate it.
Or I could just remove as much stuff as I can think to and reinstall it with 'testing' set in the repositories, but it might be easier to do a complete reinstall at the point.
 
  


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