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Old 12-01-2005, 10:34 AM   #1
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Question apt pinning question

Hi to all, I have one simple question on pinning. I've done it this morning and still getting used to it

From what I saw at there's firefox 1.49 in SID. Since I have all three (sarge,etch and sid) in my sources list I'd like to get firefox package from SID.

So what do I do? Shouldn't apt-cache "showpkg mozilla-firefox" list 1.49 version too ?
Here's what I get:

[05:27 PM Thu Dec 01] [root@defiant]:/home/mito# apt-cache showpkg mozilla-firefox
Package: mozilla-firefox

Anyway, how would I get packages from the sid, "apt-get -t unstable install package" ? I'm guessing these are the commands:
"apt-get -t stable install package" :sarge
"apt-get -t testing install package" :etch
"apt-get -t unstable install package" : sid
Old 12-01-2005, 10:42 AM   #2
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You should be able to install it using:
apt-get -t sid install mozilla-firefox
apt-get -t unstable install mozilla-firefox
Be sure that you do
apt-get update
first and also make sure that you pinning doesn't prevent unstable packages from being installed.
Old 12-01-2005, 10:45 AM   #3
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As far as I see unstable ('sid') still has Firefox 1.0.7
Mozilla Firefox 1.5RC3 (package version 1.4.99+1.5rc3.dfsg-1) is currently in experimental.

$ apt-cache policy mozilla-firefox
  Installed: 1.4.99+1.5rc3.dfsg-1
  Candidate: 1.4.99+1.5rc3.dfsg-1
  Version table:
 *** 1.4.99+1.5rc3.dfsg-1 0
          1 ../project/experimental/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     1.0.7-1 0
        600 etch/main Packages
        700 sid/main Packages
     1.0.4-2sarge5 0
        500 sarge/updates/main Packages
     1.0.4-2 0
        500 sarge/main Packages
As Firefox 1.5 has now finally been released, It'll likely appear in unstable ('sid') soon.

Remember though that the packages from testing, unstable, and experimental have all dependencies from respective branch (well, experimental's dependencies are typically from unstable), so when installing stuff from there you'll typically end up with a boatload of libraries from the branch as well. This can be an issue if one is hellbent on keeping one's system as close to the stable branch as possible.

Last edited by dastrike; 12-01-2005 at 10:46 AM.
Old 12-01-2005, 10:49 AM   #4
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thanks people, it got me wondering


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