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Old 05-29-2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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Debian: apt setup for apt-pinning


Okay, I rarely post topics here, but I think this one fits into a newbie section. :-/

Here's the deal. I'm running a stable version of Debian 6, and I would like to install a package from the unstable (sid) repo. Now most tutorials on google suggest that I should edit my /etc/apt/preferences and /etc/apt/apt.conf files to add a few lines. I have checked the /etc/apt folder and the two mentioned files do not exist. But two directories with similar names do: /etc/apt/preferences.d/ and /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/

This confuses me. Should I simply create the "preferences" and "apt.conf" files like the tutorials suggest or is this some form of different apt configuration where appropriate files have to be put inside these folders (like apache2 which uses sites-enabled and sites-available instead of one large httpd.conf file)?

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Old 05-29-2011, 11:58 PM   #2
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Anything that the tutorial says to put in /etc/apt/preferences can be put in a file in /etc/apt/preferences.d/ directory and the same with /etc/apt/conf.d
 
Old 05-30-2011, 09:11 AM   #3
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And I take it that it is irrelevant what the file name is as long as it resides in one of those two directories, yes?
 
Old 05-30-2011, 08:48 PM   #4
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correct
 
Old 05-31-2011, 06:01 AM   #5
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Reminds me of my debian squeeze.

I create file <any-name>.list containing
Code:
deb file:/root <folder>/
in /etc/apt/sources.list.d when I create Packages.gz file ( in /root/<folder> ) locally using 'dpkg-scanpackages' .

So I don't touch /etc/apt/sources.list
Then 'apt-get update' adds my local packages in 'apt-cache' list.

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Old 05-31-2011, 09:33 AM   #6
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Take a look at:
AptPreferences - Debian Wiki - http://wiki.debian.org/AptPreferences
Apt-Pinning for Beginners - http://jaqque.sbih.org/kplug/apt-pinning.html
Chapter*2.*Debian package management - http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/de...didate_version

All of the info you need is in the Debian docs and/or the wiki.
 
  


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