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Old 01-25-2004, 11:52 PM   #1
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Debain customization.

Alright, I have a fresh install of Debian stable. I want to start customizing everything. In doing so, I want to move from stable to unstable for the new KDE and other programs. I know I have to edit the source file and apt-get but what is the source for the unstable packages? Also, after I get that in there, do I just simply...

apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade


Also, in getting all these new items, how would I go about setting which programs start at boot up? I've looked around and haven't found it yet.
Old 01-26-2004, 12:30 AM   #2
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The file is /etc/apt/source.list. Just change all instances of "stable" to "unstable" unless you've only got CD entries. In which case a good idea would be to do a man sources.list. Once the file has been successfully updated you do an apt-get update (not upgrade) and then the apt-get dist-upgrade.

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Old 01-26-2004, 06:27 AM   #3
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The startup scripts are in /etc/rcX.d where X is the runlevel. init scripts are in /etc/init.d. Usually when you apt-get a foo-packaged (where d represents the daemon) it will be set up to start at boot, or prompt you with a question.

Good luck.
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If you're only after certain apps from Unstable, you might prefer using apt pinning ( That way, you're able selectively upgrade only those specific apps without needlessly jeopardizing the stability of the rest of the system.

Regardless of whether you choose a partial or wholesale move to Unstable, be sure that apt-listbugs is one of the first things you install when you do so. Each time you upgrade, this will warn you if a package has serious bugs filed against it, at which point you check out the bug for yourself to see if it applies to you before upgrading the package (or not). This should shield you from the vast majority of the breakage.


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