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bonedragon 08-16-2012 08:39 PM

add ubuntu 12.04 repositories to ubuntu 10.04
Is it possible to add the repositories for ubuntu 12.04 to ubuntu 10.04? I ask this because some of the applications i need have newer versions available in 12.4 and i don't want to compile from source to install them into 10.04.
Ideally i should just be able to apt-get the latest version of the software i want.

thanks in advance

evo2 08-16-2012 09:04 PM


what you describe is what is commonly called (in Debian parlance) "running a mixed system". This is extreemely prone to breakage (if it will work at all). I think you should upgrade to 12.04. See
for instructions for upgrading from 10.04 to 12.04.

Is there any reason you haven't upgraded already?


guyonearth 08-16-2012 09:29 PM

Nooooo. 12.04 packages are compiled against different libraries in many cases. Not a good idea at all. Dependencies would be broken everywhere.

bonedragon 08-16-2012 11:27 PM

ahh thanks for clearing that up.
I can't upgrade because its a company machine and they don't want to(don't ask me why)
Ok so can I install the package(syslog-ng) from a deb file that i can get from the Ubuntu updates site? or will this also cause dependency problems?

evo2 08-16-2012 11:54 PM


If you don't want to upgrade your system you should backport the package that you want, or look for backport made by someone else (perhaps there is an ubuntu ppa).
Basically this consists of getting the source deb package (from 12.04) and then use it to build the binary deb package on the 10.04 system. How easy this will be varies from package to package.


bonedragon 08-17-2012 12:00 AM

thanks evo2 I've already found a .deb package I'll try that

evo2 08-17-2012 12:06 AM


I just had quick look and it seems you are in luck since syslog-ng 3.1.2 is in the offcial backports repo for Ubuntu 10.04



bonedragon 08-17-2012 12:15 AM

awesome thanks

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