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From: Robert McQueen <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 16:02:30 +0000
Subject: Mixing Debian releases the easy way

As well as the more powerful (and complicated) release pinning method
featured in a previous release of DWN, apt in woody and sid also
supports a simpler method of achieving the same thing, with the poorly
documented 'APT::Default-Release' configuration option. To do this, add
a line such as:

     APT::Default-Release "testing";

to /etc/apt/apt.conf, and add both testing and unstable lines to
/etc/apt/sources.list. Then when you upgrade, dist-upgrade or install,
apt will only consider packages from testing by default. If you then use
a command like:

     apt-get install <package>/unstable

it will install the package version found in unstable, as well as any
libraries and other dependencies from unstable that are required to
install it.


From: Jens Hoffrichter <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 22:37:42 +0100
To: Martin Schulze <>
Subject: Re: Debian Weekly News - January 23rd, 2002

This can be done even more comfortable by using the -t switch to
apt-get, which will even satisfy dependencies to unstable, what the
use of packagename/unstable does not do.

The correct (and frequently used by myself ;)) ) call would be:

apt-get -t unstable install <package>

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