You have made 98 posts to date. Do you think you have enough experience to proceed?This page lists common mistakes made by new users. Some of the things listed here can be done safely, but only if you have enough experience to know how to fix your system when things go wrong.
andI've run into a half dozen bugs
You need to tell us EXACTLY what problems you are experiencing - so we might be able to help you. What error messages WORD FOR WORD have you received?I've run into a bunch more bugs
kerryhall wrote:I've also been told not to "run a franken-system" so manually installing debs or building from source is off the table.
kerryhall wrote:So....my system doesn't have a usable window manager anymore.
arochester wrote:3) It is not much good to sayandI've run into a half dozen bugsYou need to tell us EXACTLY what problems you are experiencing - so we might be able to help you. What error messages WORD FOR WORD have you received?I've run into a bunch more bugs
debiman wrote:kerryhall wrote:I've also been told not to "run a franken-system" so manually installing debs or building from source is off the table.
i wouldn't say it's "off the table", even according to this page. very little is actually really "off the table" according to that page.
also, debian stable is about to be replaced with a new stable version very, very soon. any day now. can't you hold it in a little longer?
also, i happen to know awesome and while it probably is awesome, its development is somewhat scattered, i can't blame debian for that.
what's the harm in throwing a half dozen newer versions into the jessie backports repos?
I don't blame debian for awesome's development practices, I blame Debian for including a version of a package that is four years old.
How do I know that Debian 9 will have a new version of this package though?
I'm just an end user and this is my experience using Debian.
stevepusser wrote:Stretch has the 4.0 version. I guess you didn't see that part in my post, where I'm trying to show you how to rebuild from source that version on Jessie into deb packages the proper way, so that you're doing your own quick backport instead having to beg someone else to do it for you. Teach a man to fish, you know... Even if you have a very slow machine, it should compile in a reasonable amount of time, and doesn't have any tricky bits--if it had those, I might be more inclined to do it on the OBS.
bw123 wrote:Yeah it's sounds easy when you say it like that. If you think about it, you really don't want people 'throwing' software onto my computer do you? That would be kind of rude, I sort of expect a fairly reliable program, even from backports. I think it's not always as easy as it seems to take a program and "throw' it over an older version.
bw123 wrote:It wasn't four years old three years ago, and the reason that the old version is still 'the' version in stable is because of debian policy. https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debi ... tml#s3.1.3
One can confidently say that the packages do not have any known severe bugs, security holes etc., in them
bw123 wrote:I do this by going to the packages.debian.com page for the package I want to check on. On firefox-esr there is a search plugin that does this, I just type in the package name and click the debian swirl, and get a list like this:
bw123 wrote:Hang in there, it's okay. really.
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