GetDeb Project

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Tue Oct 16 23:26:47 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 16 October 2007 19:06, Krzysztof Lichota wrote:
> João Pinto napisał(a):
> >>I note that you are distributing gnucash 2.2.1 for Feisty:
> >
> > Possible causes:
> > - We have packaged it before it was available on backports
> > - We missed to verify that it was on backports, or for some odd reason
> > we decided to publish it knowing that it was already available on
> > backports, regardless of the reason,  it was great for those more than
> > 500 users that installed it from getdeb, if we did some duplicated work,
> > bad luck for us, getdeb.
> Backports is sometimes not a proper solution, because it causes upgrade
> to all the newest versions of a lot of packages. For example, if user
> wants to upgrade amarok but not kopete, he can do it using GetDeb, but
> he cannot do it using backports (forget package pinning/repository
> priorities, it is in no way intuitive and cannot be done by "average
> users").
> Just my 2c.
Generally I enable backports, install what I want, and the disable it again.  
That I think most people can do.

It doesn't "cause upgrade to all the newest versions of a lot of packages".  
That only happens if the user specifically requests it.

Of course it's not rare for people to run with -proposed (even) enabled all 
the time.  We recently had a problem with an svn upload to feisty-proposed 
and quite a few people tripped on the bug who apparently had no idea they 
were downloading from a testing repository.  Getting repos enabled does not 
appear to be a major problem.

Scott K

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