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Old 01-21-2005, 02:31 AM   #1
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Partial upgrade with APT pinning (debian)?

I'd like to upgrade certain components of Debian (namely, KDE) on my Debian box which is pinned with Stable > Testing > Unstable as so:

Package: *
Pin: release a=stable
Pin-Priority: 700

Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 650

Package: *
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 600
Problem is, KDE was allready installed as stable, including it's dependancies. This means that this:

# apt-get -t testing install kde

Fails due to dependancies. And there are a whole bunch of dependancies. Assloads upon assloads of dependancies. Any tips for how to manage this?

Package: kde
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 750
seemed to have no effect...

I've tried many combinations of googlefu and apt commands, nothing seems to do quite what I want.

In the meantime, a quick apt-get update && apt-get upgrade is happily churning through another 131 packages.
Old 01-21-2005, 06:11 AM   #2
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Location: UK
Distribution: Debian SID / KDE 3.5
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I think the KDE relies on a lot of lib upgrades that would break your mixed system, including some stuff as basic as libc, I don't think theres a way to make this work. You'd basically be upgrading to a full testing system.

Testing will be a good move anyway for a desktop system, as stable is really outdated for this. ( sid is even better for the desktop , but you maybe uncomfortable going this far. )


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