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Re: [gNewSense-users] Making APT warn me about Debian Backports packages

From: Sam Geeraerts
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Making APT warn me about Debian Backports packages.
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:24:39 +0100

Op Tue, 21 Jan 2014 04:44:13 -0200
schreef Guilherme Vieira <address@hidden>:

> I've added Squeeze-Backports to my sources.list but I want APT to
> avoid installing packages from it unless I tell it to explicitly.

Two things to look out for:

 - squeeze-backports probably contains packages that do not meet
   gNewSense's software freedom criteria;
 - installing backports can get hairy pretty quickly because of

> I think that's how it works on Debian systems, you have to use
> apt-get -t squeeze-backports .
> I see on man pages this has something to do
> with /etc/apt/preferences.d, but that directory is empty on my system.

You can either create a file in /etc/apt/preferences.d/ or
edit /etc/apt/preferences. Our wiki page about packaging [1] has a
short example of how to configure apt pinning. You can learn about
priorities from the apt_preferences manpage. You can see the result of
your configuration with "apt-cache policy".


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