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Old 08-24-2010, 10:46 AM   #1
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stable-proposed-updates


Hey all.

How safe is it to use stable-proposed-updates repository in Lenny?

Both regarding stability and security.

If it is safe regarding both, is the a repository in Denmark?

If not, where is the best, when living in Denmark?

Best regards

Stardustdk
 
Old 08-25-2010, 04:42 AM   #2
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Updating can be dangerous... But it's worth it

Hi Stardustdk,

Updating is a scary venture, specifically since it can modify config files.

Most updates in full-package-managed solutions (rpm/debian pm) leave your config files in tact, but I wouldn't run it as a script unattended... Make sure you back up your configs and validate that the new versions of the programs haven't deprecated/removed functions of your config files before you update.

Is this a production server or a home workstation? What would be the "cost" of some downtime to downgrade in case of problems?

Regarding location of updates, personally I'd recommend going with the closest repository for speed.

Unless there's some kind of good reason to avoid a specific distribution repository, in which case I'd think the lads should be advised to completely remove it and stop supporting it.
 
Old 08-25-2010, 10:31 AM   #3
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See the Debian wiki link here:

http://wiki.debian.org/StableProposedUpdates
 
Old 08-26-2010, 05:38 AM   #4
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Hrmmm.. It is a home workstation..

I guess my suggestion to the owner will be staying with the stable (Lenny).

Best regards and thanks for the answers.

Stardustdk
 
Old 08-26-2010, 11:33 AM   #5
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Hrmmm.. It is a home workstation..

I guess my suggestion to the owner will be staying with the stable (Lenny).

Best regards and thanks for the answers.

Stardustdk
Here's an answer from the other side of the safety continuum. Tell him to upgrade to squeeze. Squeeze will soon become the new stable and is now frozen which means that no updates except security updates will be forthcoming until it is finally released. I have been using squeeze for over a year now and it has remained very stable indeed.
 
  


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