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Old 02-07-2006, 10:05 PM   #1
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Qt upgrade in Debian (sarge) using apt-get?

Hey guys,

I'm pretty new to Linux here. I finished (re)installing Debian sarge last night and upgrading to a 2.6 kernel. Now I want to upgrade kopete (I am having issues staying connected to the AIM servers). Unfortunately, the latest version of kopete uses the newer version of some libraries (I already had to upgrade xlibs-dev) and I now need to upgrade Qt.

I'm assuming that since KDE uses Qt that I have the latest version of Qt that apt-get is going to find, so I'm also assuming that I'll have to upgrade the Qt libraries by hand. My question is: does anyone know of a way to upgrade Qt using apt-get or dpkg so I can avoid doing any real work ?

Also, in a more general sense, is it possible to have apt-get install the *latest* version of certain applications, or only the ones that are in the repositories? And if so, how?

Any help will be appreciated!
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You can use testing and unstable repositories by adding them in your /etc/apt/sources.list
Something like this (you might use a closer mirror)

deb testing main

Also add
APT::Default-Release "stable";
to your /etc/apt/apt.conf so you don't start automatically upgrading all your packages.

after an
apt-get update
you can do
apt-get -t testing install packagename
to get package name from the testing repository.

This won't be the very latest (unstable is newer) but hopefully good enough. Otherwise you'll have to compile it I suppose.
Old 02-11-2006, 07:55 PM   #3
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Okay, sorry for taking so long to reply.

Here's what I did to fix the problem:

1. I had to reinstall debian since the testing repositories use xorg and the stable ones use xfree86. That upgrade didn't go over too well...
2. I added the testing and unstable repositories for
3. I upgraded my kernel first (so everything would compile nicely)
4. I installed the TESTING versions for x-window-system and kde
5. Everything works beautifully.

Of course, trying to upgrade from the previously installed stable versions was a nightmare. I recommend to anyone just reinstalling if you ever need to upgrade kde.

And thanks for the help with the repositories.


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