Edited, Steve posted while I was writing,..----
Installing Debian Strectch on a VM, and using that is probably the safest
and best approach,..and as he said , that way you have both.
Postby mzimmers » 2017-03-14 17:40
Hi, all -
I want to download the newest stable version of g++, as the version I have (4.9.2) doesn't recognize a compiler flag that one of my tools uses
It might help to clarify on this more, I see it as the reason the OP thinks
they need a newer version of g++, but it is not clear on what tool is the
"one of my tools ", ......
Postby mzimmers » it's usually good practice to keep up to date with software updates. I'd be interested in learning more about why this might not be feasible with Jessie.
Yes it is good practice to keep packages updated, and current, but the OS also needs to be up to date, in order to run some of the "newest and shiniest" software, or packages,..https://wiki.debian.org/DontBreakDebian#Don.27t_suffer_from_Shiny_New_Stuff_Syndrome
Postby mzimmers » So, I guess I want "stretch" then? I've never done a major upgrade of a Linux OS before; is there an "easy " way to do it, since I already have Debian on this system, -----snip-----
You are the only one that can know, or decide if you need to and should be using Debian testing (stretch), the way to do that is first improve
your rudimentary skills,
I'm trying to develop some rudimentary skills
Some of the most basic rudimentary skills include knowing how to do effective searches, , there is plenty of excellent documentation at https://debian.org
, and the https://wiki.debian.org
, this documentation
goes into the details on upgrading your Debian stable (jessie) to stretch,
if you decide that is what you want to do, after reading the other documentation on "What version of Debian is best for me".
So here is a quick example, to help you develop those "rudimentary" skills,..
Simply, copy/paste, or type the keywords into a search engine, What version of Debian is best for me
The very first hit,.https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-faq/ch-choosing.en.html
Example # 2:
---- is there an "easy " way to do it,
Yes, How to upgrade Debian Jessie to stretch or testing
It is basically pretty simple, but then again that would depend on ones "rudimentary" skills, or lack of .
Of course, for someone that finds it to difficult to do any searches, and read the documentation, the whole process would seem impossible, any way, with a little practice it gets easier, and the wonderful thing about reading documentation and manuals, the more one does that , it all starts
making more sense, and gets easier.