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Old 03-05-2011, 11:02 PM
Paul E Condon
 
Default repository 'debports' help needed

Long ago, well before Squeeze became stable, I supmitted a bug report
on a package in Squeeze/testing. The fix didn't make it into the
released version, but a few days ago I got an email saying a fixed
version was available in sid/unstable. Only, when I looked it wasn't
actually in unstable. It was instead in a repository called 'debports'.
I need help in setting up apt/aptitude to let me install this package.

This (I think) involves a line in /etc/apt/sources.list mentioning
'debports' . Some lines in a file /etc/apt/preferences. And, something
in a directory, /etc/apt/apt.conf.d Or, perhaps /etc/apt/preferences.d

The package at issue is gdm3. I feel obligated to at least look at
it, since the fix seems to have been something relatively difficult,
in that it seemed to involve papering over a major design f---up in
gnome.

So what must I put in the various magic places in /etc/apt so that I
can install this special gdm3 using aptitude?

TIA
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:06 AM
Alexander Batischev
 
Default repository 'debports' help needed

On Sat, Mar 05, 2011 at 05:02:34PM -0700, Paul E Condon wrote:
> Long ago, well before Squeeze became stable, I supmitted a bug report
> on a package in Squeeze/testing. The fix didn't make it into the
> released version, but a few days ago I got an email saying a fixed
> version was available in sid/unstable. Only, when I looked it wasn't
> actually in unstable. It was instead in a repository called 'debports'.
> I need help in setting up apt/aptitude to let me install this package.
>
> This (I think) involves a line in /etc/apt/sources.list mentioning
> 'debports' . Some lines in a file /etc/apt/preferences. And, something
> in a directory, /etc/apt/apt.conf.d Or, perhaps /etc/apt/preferences.d
>
> The package at issue is gdm3. I feel obligated to at least look at
> it, since the fix seems to have been something relatively difficult,
> in that it seemed to involve papering over a major design f---up in
> gnome.
>
> So what must I put in the various magic places in /etc/apt so that I
> can install this special gdm3 using aptitude?

I believe it's sufficient to add to your sources.list something like that:

deb http://ftp.debian-ports.org/debian unstable main

then run:

$ sudo aptitude update

and then try to install desired package:

$ sudo aptitude install -t unstable gdm3

Be aware that I don't use debports myself and all above is my (pretty
wild) guess, but I'm sure it won't break anything, so try it - hope it
would help

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Old 03-06-2011, 10:04 AM
Liam O'Toole
 
Default repository 'debports' help needed

On 2011-03-06, Paul E Condon <pecondon@mesanetworks.net> wrote:
> Long ago, well before Squeeze became stable, I supmitted a bug report
> on a package in Squeeze/testing. The fix didn't make it into the
> released version, but a few days ago I got an email saying a fixed
> version was available in sid/unstable. Only, when I looked it wasn't
> actually in unstable. It was instead in a repository called 'debports'.
> I need help in setting up apt/aptitude to let me install this package.

Debian ports[1] is a repository for machine architectures which are not
yet officially supported by Debian. Unless you are running Debian on
relatively exotic hardware, you probably don't need it. Are you sure the
email didn't mention 'backports' instead?

>
> This (I think) involves a line in /etc/apt/sources.list mentioning
> 'debports' . Some lines in a file /etc/apt/preferences. And, something
> in a directory, /etc/apt/apt.conf.d Or, perhaps /etc/apt/preferences.d
>
> The package at issue is gdm3. I feel obligated to at least look at
> it, since the fix seems to have been something relatively difficult,
> in that it seemed to involve papering over a major design f---up in
> gnome.

GDM 2 is still available in squeeze (as the package gdm), so at least
you are not forced to upgrade or switch to a different display manager
yet.

>
> So what must I put in the various magic places in /etc/apt so that I
> can install this special gdm3 using aptitude?
>
> TIA

1. http://www.debian-ports.org/

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Old 03-06-2011, 12:12 PM
Tom H
 
Default repository 'debports' help needed

On Sun, Mar 6, 2011 at 5:06 AM, Alexander Batischev <eual.jp@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 05, 2011 at 05:02:34PM -0700, Paul E Condon wrote:
>>
>> Long ago, well before Squeeze became stable, I supmitted a bug report
>> on a package in Squeeze/testing. The fix didn't make it into the
>> released version, but a few days ago I got an email saying a fixed
>> version was available in sid/unstable. Only, when I looked it wasn't
>> actually in unstable. It was instead in a repository called 'debports'.
>> I need help in setting up apt/aptitude to let me install this package.
>>
>> This (I think) involves a line in /etc/apt/sources.list mentioning
>> 'debports' . Some lines in a file /etc/apt/preferences. And, something
>> in a directory, /etc/apt/apt.conf.d Or, perhaps /etc/apt/preferences.d
>>
>> The package at issue is gdm3.

Are you using x86? You might want to point out to the maintainer(s)
that x86 was forgotten in the upload before adding another repo to
your install.

>From http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/g/gdm3/

[ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_amd64.deb 03-Mar-2011 21:32 1.6M
[ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_armel.deb 04-Mar-2011 17:32 1.6M
[ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_kfreebsd-amd64.deb 04-Mar-2011 19:47 1.6M
[ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_kfreebsd-i386.deb 04-Mar-2011 19:47 1.5M
[ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_mips.deb 05-Mar-2011 08:40 1.6M
[ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_mipsel.deb 04-Mar-2011 23:02 1.6M
[ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_powerpc.deb 04-Mar-2011 13:47 1.6M
[ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_s390.deb 04-Mar-2011 13:48 1.6M
[ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_sparc.deb 04-Mar-2011 00:32 1.6M


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Old 03-06-2011, 04:47 PM
Paul E Condon
 
Default repository 'debports' help needed

On 20110306_081227, Tom H wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 6, 2011 at 5:06 AM, Alexander Batischev <eual.jp@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Sat, Mar 05, 2011 at 05:02:34PM -0700, Paul E Condon wrote:
> >>
> >> Long ago, well before Squeeze became stable, I supmitted a bug report
> >> on a package in Squeeze/testing. The fix didn't make it into the
> >> released version, but a few days ago I got an email saying a fixed
> >> version was available in sid/unstable. Only, when I looked it wasn't
> >> actually in unstable. It was instead in a repository called 'debports'.
> >> I need help in setting up apt/aptitude to let me install this package.
> >>
> >> This (I think) involves a line in /etc/apt/sources.list mentioning
> >> 'debports' . Some lines in a file /etc/apt/preferences. And, something
> >> in a directory, /etc/apt/apt.conf.d Or, perhaps /etc/apt/preferences.d
> >>
> >> The package at issue is gdm3.
>
> Are you using x86? You might want to point out to the maintainer(s)

yes

> that x86 was forgotten in the upload before adding another repo to
> your install.
>
> >From http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/g/gdm3/
>
> [ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_amd64.deb 03-Mar-2011 21:32 1.6M
> [ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_armel.deb 04-Mar-2011 17:32 1.6M
> [ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_kfreebsd-amd64.deb 04-Mar-2011 19:47 1.6M
> [ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_kfreebsd-i386.deb 04-Mar-2011 19:47 1.5M
> [ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_mips.deb 05-Mar-2011 08:40 1.6M
> [ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_mipsel.deb 04-Mar-2011 23:02 1.6M
> [ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_powerpc.deb 04-Mar-2011 13:47 1.6M
> [ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_s390.deb 04-Mar-2011 13:48 1.6M
> [ ] gdm3_2.30.5-8_sparc.deb 04-Mar-2011 00:32 1.6M
>
>

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