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Old 08-21-2021, 04:48 AM   #1
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Now that Debian Buster is oldstable, do I need to change my AntiX apt config files?


When I updated AntiX today, I got the following messages from apt:
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Repository 'http://security.debian.org buster/updates InRelease' changed its 'Suite' value from 'stable' to 'oldstable' 
Repository 'http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian buster-updates InRelease' changed its 'Suite' value from 'stable-updates' to 'oldstable-updates'
Repository 'http://ftp.gr.debian.org/debian buster/updates InRelease' changed its 'Suite' value from 'stable' to 'oldstable'
Do I have to do anything about this?
 
Old 08-21-2021, 05:56 AM   #2
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It looks like your repository entries read "buster". That will stay OK.
You can check this in /etc/apt/sources.list, or in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list (not sure what Antix uses, I use pure Debian)
The message is just to inform you that Buster is oldstable now, since the new release Bullseye is stable now.

It would have been different if it states: http://security.debian.org stable/updates This would upgrdade you system, which probably gives trouble.
AFAIK Antix (like MX) cannot just been upgraded to a new Debian release. At least, not without trouble. But correct me if I 'm wrong.
I tried (for fun) "upgrading" my MX 19 to the Debian sid release. Seemed to work OK for the Debian part, but it broke some MX utilities. And it ended in a mess. You will learn a lot from it, but if you need a stable (!) system, stay away from it.

Warning from the website https://wiki.debian.org/SourcesList:
The 'distribution' can be either the release code name / alias (jessie, stretch, buster, sid) or the release class (oldstable, stable, testing, unstable) respectively. If you mean to be tracking a release class then use the class name, if you want to track a Debian point release, use the code name. Avoid using stable in your sources.list as that results in nasty surprises and broken systems when the next release is made; upgrading to a new release should be a deliberate, careful action and editing a file once every two years is not a burden.

Sorry for the jargon...
If it's not clear, pleas let me know.
 
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Old 08-21-2021, 06:13 AM   #3
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It looks like your repository entries read "buster". That will stay OK.
You can check this in /etc/apt/sources.list, or in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list (not sure what Antix uses, I use pure Debian)
The message is just to inform you that Buster is oldstable now, since the new release Bullseye is stable now.

It would have been different if it states: http://security.debian.org stable/updates This would upgrdade you system, which probably gives trouble.
AFAIK Antix (like MX) cannot just been upgraded to a new Debian release. At least, not without trouble. But correct me if I 'm wrong.
Good explanation. Obviously you don't mix releases. You get a frankendebian that way! I'll check and see if the apt list actually says "stable" as well as buster. If so, I think it would be worth changing it to oldstable to avoid getting that error every time I update. Marking this solved.
 
Old 08-21-2021, 09:10 AM   #4
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You won't get that error again. It's a one-time thing when it changes it's state.
 
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