Debian volatile replaced by new updates suite
February 15th, 2011
The Debian Volatile archive is discontinued starting from the upcoming
Debian release 6.0 (
Squeeze). It is replaced by the suite
squeeze-updates on the official mirrors. Its management will move to the
Debian Release Team, who already manage regular updates to Debian stable and
The squeeze-updates suite is carried by all official mirrors just like Squeeze itself. To use it, a snippet such as the following can be used in /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian squeeze-updates main
This suite will contain updates that satisfy one of the following criteria:
- The update is urgent and not of a security nature. Security updates will continue to be pushed through the security archive. Examples include packages broken by the flow of time (c.f. spamassassin and the year 2010 problem) and fixes for bugs introduced by point releases.
- The package in question is a data package and the data must be updated in a timely manner (e.g. tzdata).
- Fixes to leaf packages that were broken by external changes (e.g. video downloading tools and tor).
- Packages that need to be current to be useful (e.g. clamav).
These updates will also be included in the next stable point release after the announcement. Regular updates not fitting the criteria above will be pushed through point releases according to the rules of the Stable Release Management.
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