Art Alexion on 7 Feb 2010 06:47:39 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Ubuntu -- selectively updating from unstable

On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 10:27 AM, Alan D. Salewski
<> wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 06, 2010 at 01:50:31AM -0500, John Karr spake thus:
>> Is there a clean and simple way to make apt take just certain packages
>> from unstable? (in this case anything PERL).
> You basically want to use pinning. The comments in the files below
> explain how this works; they basically "pin" your system to stable, but
> allow you to easily pull in packages from testing and unstable.

Just make sure you understand what you are doing with pinning.  Apt
sees those dependencies for a reason.  There is a good chance pinning
will break something.  If that something is something you use, that
would be a bad thing.

I'm not sure what you mean by "stable, unstable and testing" with
Ubuntu, as those are Debian concepts that aren't implemented the same
way in Ubuntu.  If you mean using the repositories for 10.04, you
might be safer just installing the whole release in a vm, thereby
protecting your current system.  I've been really happy with
VirtualBox's seamless mode for running stuff outside my current
distro/release, seamlessly.

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