Debian :: Backports Service Becoming Official?

Sep 7, 2010

The Debian Project is proud to announce that the backports service, previously available at [URL].. is now an official Debian service and will be available from Backports are packages from the testing distribution recompiled for the current stable (or even oldstable) to provide users of the stable distribution with new versions of some packages, like the Linux kernel, the Iceweasel browser or the suite, without sacrificing the general stability of the system.

The archive currently has packages backported for the Lenny distribution (how many?), but the infrastructure to accept packages for the upcoming Squeeze release is already in place, to allow Debian Installer images to configure the backports repository by default without generating errors on user systems. The service for Squeeze will be enabled at a later date, after the release.

Because of some limitations in the Debian Bug Tracking System, any bugs relevant to backported packages still have to be reported to the debian-backports list, which will now also move on

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Software :: Backports Are Disabled By Default - What Is Backports

Apr 11, 2009

Backports are not only drivers? And why backports are disabled by default?

Also: What are debug backports, and may I install them - will they work?

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Debian :: Can Debdelta Be Used With Backports

Apr 11, 2010

I tried to use debdelta for an upgrade, but it only worked with the main debian and security repositories, and did not work with the backports repository (which is where the largest files, specifically, are for my system). Is there a way to set up debdelta to be used with backports? I tried editing the /etc/debdelta/sources.conf file to include it, but this did not work.

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Debian :: Experiences With Backports?

Nov 29, 2009

I'm running Debian Lenny. I'm not pleased with kde4 so I'm going to be staying with Lenny. But I'm really looking to upgrade the old Openoffice 2.4 to 3.x. I've got the backports entry in my apt sources.list file. And I have downloaded the packages list. I'm just wondering if anyone else has installed the OO.o from backports? Does it work good and does it futz up anything from the stable install?

On a side, does anyone know where to get an updated Kopete. The version in Lenny is old and won't connect to Yahoo chat anymore (I guess they changed the protocol again.

These are really the only two reasons I messed with KDE4 anyhow. Kopete isn't a big deal because i can always use Yahoo messenger online anyhow, but really want to see how OO.o 3.x works.

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Debian :: 'SID' Style Breakage?

Mar 31, 2010

For the 2nd time in a year. I really need v3.xx because 2.4 breaks formatting when opening v3 files. Why did i go back to 2.4 ? 3.1 was slower with calc. Now I'm stuck with 2.4 because of the ongoing stupidity in

# aptitude install -t lenny-backports
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done
The following packages are BROKEN:


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Debian :: Upgrade Package From The Backports

Sep 22, 2010

If I install (say) Iceweasel from Lenny Backports, do I need to un-install the standard Lenny Iceweasel first, or will the new one overwrite/upgrade the old one? And- I understand pinning I think, but nobody explains what the * in the line:Package: * means. Does it mean all packages installed from the release specified in the line Pin: release a=lenny-backportsor do I need to specify each package in it's own entry (in /etc/apt/preferences)?

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Debian :: How To Add Backports Repo In Live-helper?

Feb 16, 2010

I'd like to include the backports repo and the backports kernel in a live cd. I copied the debian-backports file from /usr/share/live-helper/examples/source to config/chroot_sources(as debian-backports.chroot and debian-backports.binary) and fixed the first problem (had to change "etch" to "lenny" in the files.)

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Debian :: Correct Backports Repository For Lenny?

Jun 1, 2010

I'm looking for correct backports repository for Lenny?

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Debian :: Backports .org Release File Expired?

Apr 6, 2011

I tried to install nvidia drivers & when I tried aptitude update it says that 'backports.debian .org' Release file has expired ignoring......How long does it normally take to update?

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Debian :: Apt-listbugs Work With Packages?

Feb 1, 2009

If I use testing with the repository, will "apt-listbugs" work on any package I try to install from backports?

I'm not expecting to use backports a lot, but there may be a case where I need a newer version of a program, from unstable.

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Debian Configuration :: Error Message After Adding Backports

Jan 21, 2016

After adding the backports from 8/Jessie to a 7/Wheezy sources.list and running aptitude update, I get these odd error messages. What is going on?

W: Ignoring Provides line with DepCompareOp for package python-cffi-backend-api-max
W: Ignoring Provides line with DepCompareOp for package python-cffi-backend-api-min
W: Ignoring Provides line with DepCompareOp for package python3-cffi-backend-api-max
W: Ignoring Provides line with DepCompareOp for package python3-cffi-backend-api-min
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

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Debian Configuration :: Unable To Update Everthing From Backports?

Apr 10, 2011

While I've been using Debian for various years, I have never actually used Stable. No Stable means no Backports, and I have a doubt about the latter. After reading Backports's documentation and the APT Preferences's manual page, I understand that, as of Squeeze, a backport must be installed manually, and that already installed backports are automatically updated. Also, because Backports archives have a pin-priority of 1, one cannot update all installed packages to the versions available in Backports.

I guess that one could achieve it by giving the Backports archive a pin-priority of 991. However, using the whole Backports repository is discouraged everywhere, and I don't really know why. How serious are these warnings? Does it cause a dependency Hell or is it just a warning for novice users?

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Debian :: Install Backports With Aptitude Safe Upgrade?

Oct 18, 2010

I see that the backports now is officiel. My question is rather simpel: Is it possible to upgrade with (and how to) the backported packages without to much work? Is is needed to install all backported packages individually? I want to upgrade to any backported package with the command:

apitutude safe-upgrade - if it is possible.

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Debian :: Install The Empathy Instant Messenger That's In Lenny-backports?

Apr 10, 2010

I'm new to Debian, but have used Ubuntu so I'm relatively familiar with APT. Ubuntu doesn't have backports, though, and I can't figure this out. I've checked the documentation for the answer, and I'm hoping that I'm just overlooking something simple.

I'm running lenny, and I want to install the Empathy instant messenger that's in lenny-backports (v. 2.26.2-1). I already have the stable package installed, and here's what happens when I try to upgrade:

michael@archimedes:~$ sudo apt-get -t lenny-backports install empathy
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
empathy is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 118 not upgraded.


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Debian :: Can Get Official Kernel

Jul 6, 2010

Yesterday, Linux Kernel was updated to version question is: will it be somewhere in Debian repos?

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Debian :: Official Debian 6 Repository Link?

Feb 28, 2011

I wanted to update by debian 6 install. The repo link in my sources.list file is of volatile, which i read some where that volatile has been discontinued. Could you please let me know the official debian 6 repository link. I have been trying to google for it but have not been successful so far.

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Debian :: Upgrading To Sid - Official Repository?

Aug 12, 2010

I got debian testing and I want to upgrade to sid. So far this is how my source list looks.

### Official Debian Sid Repository ###
deb [URL]
deb-src [URL]
deb [URL] experimental main
deb-src [URL] experimental main
## Multimedia
deb [URL] sid main

Am I missing any repos that I should have?

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Debian Installation :: Looking For Sid Official Repos?

Jul 1, 2011

I am looking for Sid official repos. If they exist please someone direct me to the right place. I was able to find a Debian page with Sid packages. Google is not helping.

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Debian :: Why Not Establishing Official User Based Repository

Aug 19, 2011

One may argue that Debian is going mainstream being officially supported by Linux Mint. The chances are high that many users may change from the Ubuntu to the Debian base. By now especially Ubuntu's PPA has grown to a huge respository offering almost anything an user would need. But how does that look like in a Debian world?

There are several approaches to establish a "Debian PPA", amongst them debppa, but there activity is low not to say that they are almost inactive and orphaned. As coming from an Archlinux and Ubuntu perspective I do not know the Debian perspectives enough to reason this but am still curious to know about your motives not establishing a userbased repository.

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Debian Multimedia :: Official Policy For Newer Versions Of KDE?

Feb 27, 2011

I just wanted to ask about official opinion or policy concerning newer versions of KDE. Is 4.6 still so buggy or unstable to be included in experimental? What steps are going to be made concerning KDE and what when? I don't like GNOME, KDE 3.5 is out of the game now in 6.0 and KDE 4.4 is IMHO all but mature and finished. So I am not sure what to do now, Kubuntu is buggy and don't like it but they have 4.6...

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Debian Installation :: How Long Takes Rebuilding Official Kernel ?

Jan 2, 2011

Here are 2 questions

1.In the last line of the debian kernel handbook 4.2.2 Applying patches

It is possible to apply extra patches to the source before starting the build. First, you should apply the existing patches by running:

You will then find the patched source in the subdirectories debian/build/source_arch_none (default) and debian/build/source_arch_featureset (featuresets added).

You should apply the extra patches in the appropriate subdirectory. where can I find the "extra patchies" and how to do?

2.Even though More than 8 hours have passed, 4.2.3 Building many packages

To build all possible packages for this architecture, run:

To build all architecture-dependent packages, run:

To build all architecture-independent packages, run:

The 1st command still working. what is the all possible packages? and what I am doing?

I am just trying to rebuild debian linux kernel 2.6.26-2, Did I misunderstand?

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Debian Hardware :: ATI Radeon HD3200 And Official Driver In Squeeze?

Apr 5, 2010

I am using the latest squeeze (2.6.32-6 kernel) on a Thinkpad X100e.Most things works fine (after some tinkering though) but I cannot install the official ATI driver.I have tried:1) Downloaded the latest official drivers from ATI's site.a) If I choose install, it says that everything works but the driver is not actually installed. After reboot I don't have X anymoreb) If I choose build packages for Debian testing, the packages are not built. 2) Downloaded the not so latest official drivers. Same as in case 1)3) Tried to install them with the sgfxi script. The script reports a success but still after a reboot, I have no X.4) Tried to apt-get install fglrx-driver package from sid. Everything installs fine, after reboot I have X but no 3d acceleration.

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Debian Installation :: Bypass Or Patch Official (Broken) Package On Install

May 26, 2010

I'm trying to install sid but debootstrap if failing due to bug #581420. I understand the fix is simple but how can I bypass/patch the broken util-linux package that gets downloaded at install time? I'm using the daily d-i business card CD.

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Debian :: Unstable - Upgrade Canon Printer - 'cups' Removed Official Drivers

Jul 1, 2010

I dist-upgraded my Debian unstable and 'cups' removed the official drivers ('cndrvcups-common_2.00-2_i386' and 'cndrvcups ufr2-uk_2.00-2_i386'). Well, now my network Canon i-SENSYS MF4120 multifunctional printer/scanner doesn't work and the drivers can't be installed back

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Ubuntu Installation :: Upgrade To Kde 4.5 From Backports

Aug 30, 2010

I would like to try to upgrade to kde 4.5 from the backport repositories, but I would like to know two things first:

1) how can I revert to 4.4 if things fail (there have been some errors been reported at the ppa launchpad)?

2) will there be problems with upgrading to 10.10 when I use the backport repositories?

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Ubuntu :: Maverick Kernel Backports On Lucid?

Aug 18, 2010

Just wondering if anyone is using the Maverick kernel backport with Lucid? Just wanting to know how stable it is.

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General :: Install Iceweasel From Lenny-backports?

May 29, 2011

i have been trying to install iceweasel 3.5.16 from lenny-backports , but when i run the commandapt-get -t lenny-backports install iceweaselit just installs iceweasel 3i also tried it with iceweasel=3.5.16 at the end and it just said it cant find 3.5.16, but i know the package is there cos iv seen it on the websiteI have this line at the bottom of my sources.list filedeb lenny-backports mainand if it makes any differnence im running lenny on a powerpc computer (well it's actually a wii)

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Ubuntu :: Include Lucid-proposed And Backports In My Updates?

Sep 15, 2010

Should I include lucid-proposed and lucid-backports in my updates?

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Ubuntu Servers :: Perform An Action Before A Service Starts And After A Service Stops

Sep 10, 2010

I am running Server 10. I have a requirement to perform an action before the MySQL service starts, and perform another action after MySQL service stops.

I found the init script for MySQL under /etc/init/mysql.conf. I added my thing to the pre-start script there and works fine.

I am having trouble finding the script that stops the server so I can modify.

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