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Old 03-08-2005, 05:29 PM   #1
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What happens when Sarge becomes stable?

Hello all. When Sarge becomes stable, will I be using the Sarge repository or the testing repository in sources.list? If say I wanted to continue using Sarge, do I change from testing to stable in sources.list? If I change to stable in sources.list, will I be using Woody? I hope somebody can clarify my confusion.

What I really want is to continue to use the testing repository because I've read that the stable repository is only updated for security, but the packages themselves are not updated. The testing repository keeps my system reasonably up to date. I'm too scared to use Sid because I can't fix anything by myself. Thanks.

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If you want to continue useing testing then leave it that way in sources.list.
You will be fine.
Old 03-08-2005, 06:47 PM   #3
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When Sarge gets released, you will still be using Testing. Stable would be renamed from Woody to Sarge, and a new name would be given to Testing(you are currently using sarge, but once sarge is released you will be using something else). Sid will always remain Sid.
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The thing to remember is that your source list tracks a particular release (stable, testing, or unstable). So, now, Woody is stable and Sarge is testing. Eventually Sarge will be stable and something else will be testing (maybe it'll be Bullseye). If you track testing, and you keep updating your packages, you wil eventualy be running Bullseye (or whatever they name it). One of the cool things about Debian is that once you get it on your machine, you never have to reinstall it. Once a week do apt-get update and apt-get upgrade and all will be well with the world.

Unstable is always called Sid.
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If your /etc/sources.list contains the word "testing" then you'r fine, but if you've got the word "sarge" in there, then when sarge becomes stable then your system will become "stable" too and you won't get allot of updates...
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Eventually Sarge will be stable and something else will be testing (maybe it'll be Bullseye)
It's gonna be called "Etch".
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