Backports from Buster to Stretch

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Backports from Buster to Stretch

Postby ThinkFast » 2019-10-12 18:38

I'm using antiX 17.4 which is based on Stretch stable.
Now that Buster is released, I want to use a package from the new release.

According to the documentation for Debian Backports https://backports.debian.org/Instructions/,
"Backports are recompiled packages from testing (mostly) and unstable (in a few cases only, e.g. security updates) in a stable environment so that they will run without new libraries (whenever it is possible) on a Debian stable distribution".

Since Buster is released (stable), does that mean that the backports are now stable as well?

Also, just want to confirm, Backports from Buster to be used with Stretch would be called "Stretch Backports"?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Backports from Buster to Stretch

Postby stevepusser » 2019-10-12 18:47

Backports to Stretch have the release "stretch-backports", those to Buster have "buster-backports".

There are some backports to Stretch that are even newer than in vanilla Buster, and would interfere with an in-place upgrade to Buster (not really a concern for antiX, though). Those get "stretch-backports-sloppy". Webkit2gtk gets these for security reasons, for example:

https://packages.debian.org/search?keyw ... ection=all
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Re: Backports from Buster to Stretch

Postby ThinkFast » 2019-10-12 21:14

Thank you very much for your answers!
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