experiences and thoughts

mixing experimental with unstable

Since 1 year I’m fiddling around with apt/dselect/debsig/aptitude mixing from unstable and experimental. I always tried to have the newest but also to have all. But when installing everything from experimental, sometimes its hard to get back to unstable.

apt seemed the biggest problem because of the virtual packages like
libapt-pkg-libc6.3-5-3.3
libapt-pkg-libc6.3-5-3.5
libapt-inst-libc6.3-5-1.0

so here comes the solution to get back to unstable and have apt, apt-listchanges, aptitude …


apt-get install apt/unstable apt-listchanges/unstable picax/unstable tla-buildpackage/unstable python-apt/unstable apt-utils/unstable synaptic gnome-apt aptitude
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
Selected version 0.5.27 (Debian:unstable) for apt
Selected version 2.56 (Debian:unstable) for apt-listchanges
apt-listchanges is already the newest version.
Selected version 1.3 (Debian:unstable) for picax
picax is already the newest version.
Selected version 0.9.7 (Debian:unstable) for tla-buildpackage
tla-buildpackage is already the newest version.
Selected version 0.5.10 (Debian:unstable) for python-apt
Selected version 0.5.27 (Debian:unstable) for apt-utils
The following extra packages will be installed:
apt apt-utils libapt-pkg-perl libzvt2.0-0 python-apt
Suggested packages:
apt-doc apt-watch
Recommended packages:
aptitude-doc-en aptitude-doc gdeb
The following NEW packages will be installed:
aptitude gnome-apt libzvt2.0-0 synaptic
The following packages will be upgraded:
libapt-pkg-perl
The following packages will be DOWNGRADED:
apt apt-utils python-apt
1 upgraded, 4 newly installed, 3 downgraded, 0 to remove and 7 not upgraded.
Need to get 4878kB of archives.
After unpacking 10.8MB of additional disk space will be used.
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