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Old 07-26-2003, 09:41 PM   #1
Bruce Hill
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getting updated packages with apt-get synaptic

I've installed Debian Woody from The Very Verbose Debian 3.0 Installation Walkthrough (for the 2nd time).

It gets old stuff, like old Mozilla. If I want to get newer packages, or at least have the option, what do I do to change /etc/apt/sources.list? Like, for instance, I want the newest Mozilla, Evolution, Gimp and Scribus packages. And for some reason I don't even have pico.

I saw one post where a guy just changed the word stable to testing in all his lines, but that doesn't seem quite right. I've searched and even read the apt-get configuration, but I can't find this answer.

Old 07-26-2003, 09:48 PM   #2
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To change to get sid, the still in development, latest and greatest
(and occasionally broken bits) version of Debian change your

/etc/sources.list file to look like

# file : /etc/apt/
deb unstable main contrib non-free
deb unstable/non-US main contrib non-free
#deb-src unstable main contrib non-free
#deb-src unstable/non-US main contrib non-free

REPLACING with the name of your nearest Debian mirror.

If you want some unofficial extras you could also add

deb unstable main non-free
deb ./
deb unstable main
deb ./
deb unstable main

and take a look at

for any other apt sites you could be interested in adding.

Hope this helps!

Last edited by Corin; 07-26-2003 at 09:49 PM.


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