UNIX: debian backports

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October 5, 2006

Linux

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Using backports.org is very simple:

1. Add this line

deb http://www.backports.org/debian sarge-backports main contrib non-free

to your /etc/apt/sources.list.

2. All backports are deactivated by default. You have to set a higher priority for each backport. For mutt, you add these lines:

Package: mutt

Pin: release a=sarge-backports

Pin-Priority: 999

to your /etc/apt/preferences (if you haven’t use pinning before, the file has to be created).

3. Then run apt-get update and apt-get install mutt as usual.

Another way is to skip the entry in /etc/apt/preferences and to use apt-get -t sarge-backports install mutt which is easier when the package requires additional backports.

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