Alan D. Salewski on 11 Mar 2009 08:37:29 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Trouble with updates

On Thu, Mar 05, 2009 at 02:16:35PM -0500, Chad Waters spake thus:
> On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 2:00 PM, Rob Moore <x> wrote:
> > Thanks. I think I'll follow your first suggestion.
> >
> > What does "etch" mean, BTW?
> > Rob
> They are just codenames for each release.
> 4.0 is etch
> 5.0 is lenny
> next future release will be squeeze

Hi Rob,

The reason people are suggesting you use "etch" instead of "stable" is
related to the comment in the above link:

	"Currently, stable is a symbolic link to etch (i.e. Debian GNU/Linux
	4.0) and testing is a symbolic link to lenny."

Prior to the release of Debian lenny a couple of weeks ago, the symlink
on the machines you download packages from was set as in the above
quote. When Debian released lenny, they changed the symlink, hence your
current issue.

In general, recommened practice is to always use the explicit release
names ("etch", "lenny", etc.) in your /etc/apt/sources.list entries
(rather than "stable"). This ensures that the world won't change out
from underneath you, as happened in your case. Of course, this makes
upgrading to the next major release a deliberate activity, but (for
stability reasons) that's what you want.


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