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Re: [Synaptic-devel] Distribution selection

From: Guillaume Pratte
Subject: Re: [Synaptic-devel] Distribution selection
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 17:08:53 -0400
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Le 30 Septembre 2003 01:51, Sebastian heinlein a écrit :
> >  - The "ignore" default release is labeled as "always use the latest
> > package version", but apt-get with more than one "branch" does not behave
> > this way. It always use the most stable version available, so if you have
> > both testing and unstable sources, it will use testing packages unless
> > "-t unstable" is specified. So maybe the label should be renamed "Default
> > (Use the most stable version available)"?
> No. This is wrong. Always the latest version of the package is
> installed. Your behavior can be achieved by using the so called apt
> pining. Therefore an extra step, that is not configurable by gui, is
> needed to get a benefit out of this feature.

I am kind of lost... What does "apt pining" means? Does it means to install 
packages from different "distributions"? I don't see the parallel between a 
pin and that, but then again, my native language is French, not English, so I 
would appreciate any help understanding the concept.

It will be easier for me to follow the rest of the discussion after that.


Guillaume Pratte

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