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 oldstable.

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 squeeze-updates main

Announcements about stable updates pushed through squeeze-updates will be published on To subscribe please visit its web page.

This suite will contain updates that satisfy one of the following criteria:

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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