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Old 12-18-2008, 10:13 PM   #1
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Debian etch, libconfig, is new version available?

I came across the libconfig library being distributed by

It appears, however, that the libconfig available on Debian etch at the moment (libconfig0) is not the same library. Does anyone know if this package will be or is already included in the standard debian packages?

Here is my current sources.list
deb etch main contrib non-free
deb-src etch main

deb etch/updates main contrib
deb-src etch/updates main contrib

deb etch main contrib non-free
Google turned up the following related issues:

Where they recognize there are two different versions of libconfig available.

I can, and probably will since this is such a good library, download the file directly from their website. But, it would be ideal if I could get this directly through the apt package system.
Old 12-19-2008, 03:00 AM   #2
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If you type Debian packages in google you'll end up here. Towards the bottom is a search engine (Search package directories) where you would put "libconfig" in the search field, then below that is a drop down menu to select which version of Debian to check what it has.

If you see one you like, add lines in /etc/apt/sources.list for the version.
If you see what you want in testing packages, double each line in your sources.list and replace 'etch' with 'testing' on the second set. Do the apt-get update thing and install the package. To keep your installation as 'etch' as possible, don't apply any suggested updates, only install what you want, then put a hash (#) at the beginning of the testing lines in the sources.list and do the apt-get update thing again to only have etch repository information.

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Old 12-19-2008, 09:44 AM   #3
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Mixing Etch and Testing as Jr Hcker describes will soon have you following the advice in his sig. Debian Stable is just that. Stable. That doesn't just mean it won't crash or have weird problems. It also means that if you add libraries or other outside applications, you consider yourself smarter than the developers. If they had wanted your library there, they would have put it there, Debian developers make the decisions about what is in Stable, not you. You should upgrade to Lenny anyway, and assuming you're running a home/hobby desktop, you should always run Testing. Stable is for servers and large workstation environments with a central support agency.
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not to mention the version of libconfig in sid, is that same as the version of libconfig in etch so it wouldn't help ou anyway. you will need to download and install that library manually.
Old 12-19-2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies.

I figured I might have to upgrade to testing. However, in this case this is not a hobby desktop computer. We have etch running on some measurement instruments that we would like to keep running a stable distro like etch.

So I guess I will just write my own configuration file parser .


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