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The APT HOW TO paragraph 3.8 says " To set up what is your main version of Debian you should edit the /etc/apt/apt.conf to contain the line
APT :: Default-Release "version";"
My /etc/apt directory contains a directory apt.conf.d , but not apt.conf .
The man pages for apt.conf state that it is the "main configuration tool for the apt suite of tools...."
There is no man page or info page for for apt.conf.d .
The apt.conf.d directory contains a file 70debconf which contains a line
DPkg::Pre-Install-Pkgs........; (same form as the APT:: ... line)
Should I create a file apt.conf in the /etc/apt directory and put the line
APT :: Default-Release "version";
in it??? Or put the line in the /etc/apt/ /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/70debconf file???
Or forget about the mixed system under apt???
uncommented "deb....unstable main contrib" line in sources.list, ran apt-get update. Got error message
reading package lists... error!
E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room
E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room
E: Error occurred while processing octave2.1-headers (NewVersion1
E: Problemwith MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/http.us.debian.org_dists_unstable_main_binary-i386_
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or open
I assume this means that the cache was not updated, but don't know what all of that means.--Dynamic MMap??
Got same messages when I ran apt-get --simulate upgrade.
Thanks again, mjrich, for the response. Again right onthe money.
I'm a bit embarrassed. I thot I had read the Apt HOWTO thoroughly before posting my questions, but after I read your last response I went back through it and sure enough, there in the "How to deal with errors" section was
E: Dynamic MMap....etc.
About the :: . You are right, the spaces are there. When I first wrote my post I noted that the editor didn't seem to like the Apt:efaults sequence and added a funny little icon over the second colon which disappeared when I put the space in.
When I added the line to apt.conf I did it correctly.
Off the subject, I note that you are in NZ. As a kid (many, many years ago) it was always a dream some day to go to NZ. Several years ago My wife and i spent a marvelous month on South Island. Hope to return.
So know I have "restored" sarge but commenting out the sid sources and doing a dist-upgrade. Reread the mans and started searching the fourms. When I simulate the apt-get update w (with the sid repos) i get:
Reading package lists...
Building dependency tree...
The following packages have been kept back:
amarok amarok-xine k3b libk3b2 ndiswrapper-utils openoffice.org-kde
The following packages will be upgraded:
1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 6 not upgraded.
Inst kdeutils-doc [4:3.5-rc1-1] (4:3.5.1-1 Debian:unstable)
Conf kdeutils-doc (4:3.5.1-1 Debian:unstable)
Is looks like I am still getting sid packages even if i do not specify it with the -t sid operator. What am I doing wrong?
You may want to look into Apt pinning (search either here, Google, or http://wiki.serios.net/wiki/Apt-Pinning_on_Debian). Essentially, it allows a controlled priority to be given to the different branches, or indeed any other odd mixture of sources.
We can clearly see Iam doing it all wrong. With "update" I had desired for KDE to be updated. Openoffice should change, it I want the back port I need to manually call it. So Why is KDE3.5.1 not being pulled in and why is openoffice and the others comming from unstable?