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Bleeding edge?

Postby haffi » 2006-07-17 11:27

Is there any way to force Debian to install the newest packages? I´m willing to sacrifice some stability for newer packages...
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Postby ajdlinux » 2006-07-17 22:21

Change your /etc/apt/sources.list to a newer repository.

I assume you are running Sarge. There are three main options:

1) Testing/Etch - this is relatively stable, and usually quite up to date. Packages go from Sid to Etch after enough time has passed (usually 10 days) and the package is stable enough (0 serious, grave or critical bugs).

2) Backports - Backports is an unofficial project that takes etch packages and recompiles them so they can run on sarge. The website is at

3) Unstable/Sid - this has the very latest packages. Can be very unstable sometimes.

To change it, just make sure you have an FTP or HTTP mirror listed in sources.list, then just change the names 'sarge' or 'stable' to 'etch' or 'sid'. If you want backports there are instructions on their website.
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