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Debian Lenny is quite old. I'm not sure if it's still supported. You may have to upgrade to Squeeze to get any packages you don't have already. Is there any real need to stick to Lenny rather than upgrading? Let us know if you wish to upgrade and need some help. I see that lighttpd is not available on Lenny Backports.
Here's what you can do, but the Debian devs recommend avoiding packages from other versions of Debian. I've installed a couple without issue, and here's how you do it.
First of all know that "apt-get install anything" just installs the version in the repositories for your version of Debian. You can go to http://packages.debian.org/search?su...words=lighttpd and download the lenny version and install that manually. They let you download packages from that site manually. The problem with doing it this way is that you won't get security updates pushed by the Debian devs that you would normally get if you were running that version on Squeeze, or running the version from your repositories. Also if there are any dependencies you may have to go download those manually if they have to be certain versions. The few things I've downloaded though, primarily a Sega Genesis emulator that didn't make it into the Squeeze repos, all ran just fine.
You don't need apt.conf to upgrade the machine to Squeeze, you can just substitute lenny with squeeze in your /etc/apt/sources.list.
As mentioned before, read the release notes before doing anything and follow the instructions there.
Also, don't forget to make your backups first.