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Old 03-12-2007, 10:26 AM   #1
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How to install/upgrade packages from "unstable" ?


Hi guys,

I am using etch on my Dell laptop,
I uncommented the "unstable" repository entries from the /etc/apt/sources.list and followed this guide to install packages from "unstable" e.g. with the following command

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apt-get -t unstable install fluxbox
which in turn returned that I am already having the latest version. I know that the latest version of fluxbox is different from what I have. I dont know though, which version is right now available in "unstable". I get similar messages for iceweasel. My questions are:

How do I know which version is in etch and which is in unstable for a particular package?

Is apt-get searching only in the etch repos ?

How can I in general run a mix of etch and unstable (only for some packages) on my system ?



thanks and regards,
Hardik
 
Old 03-12-2007, 11:07 AM   #2
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Package fluxbox

* oldstable (x11): Highly configurable and low resource X11 Window manager
0.1.7-3: alpha arm hppa i386 ia64 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc
* stable (x11): Highly configurable and low resource X11 Window manager
0.9.11-1sarge0: alpha amd64 arm hppa i386 ia64 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc
* testing (x11): Highly configurable and low resource X11 Window manager
0.9.14-1.2+b1: hppa
0.9.14-1.2: alpha amd64 arm i386 ia64 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc
* unstable (x11): Highly configurable and low resource X11 Window manager
0.9.14-1.2+b1: hppa
0.9.14-1.2: alpha amd64 arm hurd-i386 i386 ia64 kfreebsd-i386 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390

A lot , if not all of the packages in Testing and Unstable are the same version right now with Etch being frozen.
 
Old 03-12-2007, 11:15 AM   #3
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Package fluxbox

* oldstable (x11): Highly configurable and low resource X11 Window manager
0.1.7-3: alpha arm hppa i386 ia64 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc
* stable (x11): Highly configurable and low resource X11 Window manager
0.9.11-1sarge0: alpha amd64 arm hppa i386 ia64 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc
* testing (x11): Highly configurable and low resource X11 Window manager
0.9.14-1.2+b1: hppa
0.9.14-1.2: alpha amd64 arm i386 ia64 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc
* unstable (x11): Highly configurable and low resource X11 Window manager
0.9.14-1.2+b1: hppa
0.9.14-1.2: alpha amd64 arm hurd-i386 i386 ia64 kfreebsd-i386 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390

A lot , if not all of the packages in Testing and Unstable are the same version right now with Etch being frozen.
thanks for the info. Can you tell me how do I know which version is in which repository currently ?


regards,
Hardik
 
Old 03-12-2007, 11:49 AM   #4
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http://packages.debian.org

Do a search for the package in question, for example iceweasel:

http://packages.debian.org/cgi-bin/s...ll&release=all

We find this:

Quote:
Package iceweasel
testing (web): lightweight web browser based on Mozilla
2.0.0.2+dfsg-3: alpha amd64 arm hppa i386 ia64 mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc
2.0.0.2+dfsg-1: m68k
unstable (web): lightweight web browser based on Mozilla
2.0.0.2+dfsg-3: alpha amd64 arm hppa i386 ia64 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc
Edit: fixed typos

Last edited by BillyGalbreath; 03-12-2007 at 11:52 AM.
 
Old 03-12-2007, 12:03 PM   #5
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$ apt-cache policy iceweasel
iceweasel:
Installed: 2.0.0.2+dfsg-3
Candidate: 2.0.0.2+dfsg-3
Version table:
*** 2.0.0.2+dfsg-3 0
990 http://ftp.us.debian.org unstable/main Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

$ apt-cache policy fluxbox
fluxbox:
Installed: (none)
Candidate: 0.9.14-1.2
Version table:
0.9.14-1.2 0
990 http://ftp.us.debian.org unstable/main Packages

I just use the Debian package search for Iceweasel most of the time.
 
Old 03-12-2007, 12:10 PM   #6
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...I just use the Debian package search for Iceweasel most of the time.
One of the best addons to Iceweasel, IMHO.
 
Old 03-12-2007, 12:41 PM   #7
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One of the best addons to Iceweasel, IMHO.
There's an addon that does this?

I have a link that I click on several times a day, having an addon could be an improvement.
 
Old 03-12-2007, 01:02 PM   #8
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Mycroft Project: Sherlock & OpenSearch Search Engine Plugins
http://mycroft.mozdev.org/download.h...mitform=Search

Search engine for the search box.

Debian Package search, Google Linux and the Mozilla KB are ones I use all the time.
 
Old 03-12-2007, 01:07 PM   #9
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There's an addon that does this?
The addon should come default with Debian i believe. Its a little search bar in the top right of the window. Its default set on Debian Packages, but others that can be set there, like Google, etc.
 
Old 03-13-2007, 05:00 AM   #10
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thanks all for the valuable info.

regards,
Hardik
 
  


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