All changes to the released,
distribution go through an extended testing period before they are accepted
into the archive. Each such update of the stable (oldstable) release is called
Preparation of point releases is done through the
mechanism. Updated packages are uploaded to a separate queue called
o-p-u-new), before they are accepted in
To use these packages with APT, you can add the following lines to your
# proposed updates for the next point release deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian wheezy-proposed-updates main contrib non-free
Note that the /debian/ mirrors will have this, it is not necessary to use this particular one, the above choice of ftp.us.debian.org is just an example.
New packages can arrive into proposed-updates when Debian developers
upload them either to
oldstable). Debian's Stable Release Team
regularly reviews the packages in p-u-new (o-p-u-new) and decide whether
to accept or reject them.
It should be noted that packages from security.debian.org are copied into the p-u-new (o-p-u-new) directory automatically. At the same time, packages that are uploaded directly to proposed-updates (oldstable-proposed-updates) are not monitored by the Debian security team.
The current list of packages that are in the p-u-new (o-p-u-new) queue can be seen at http://release.debian.org/proposed-updates/stable.html (http://release.debian.org/proposed-updates/oldstable.html).
Before uploading a package to
it would be appreciated if one goes through the following checklist:
- bug(s) one wants to fix in the upload is (are) filed in the BTS
- the fixes for the bugs have been thoroughly tested at least in sid
- fix a security issue, or
- fix a bug of at least severity important, or
- fix an installability, an FTBFS bug, or
- bring architectures back in sync
- mail is sent to email@example.com explaining why these bugs should be fixed in stable (oldstable) via a point release and include a diff against the version in stable/proposed-updates (oldstable/oldstable-proposed-updates)
- wait for approval from the Release Team before uploading
In case of doubt or questions, don't hesitate to contact the Stable Release Team, your case might always be an exception to the general rules of the above checklist!