Selective backport support - was Re: #1 Complaint about Ubuntu: Updates break things

Michael Casadevall sonicmctails at
Mon Dec 29 17:53:26 GMT 2008

During UDS, I had a fairly good conversation on Michael Vogt on
improving synaptic's APT pinning support, and the possibility of
setting the backport repos to NonAutomatic or something equivalent.
One thing that has crossed my mind about all this talk about updates
breaking things is maybe these users have backports enabled vs the
regular SRU only updates.

On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 10:16 AM, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at> wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Dec 2008 08:35:21 +0100 Martin Pitt <martin.pitt at>
> wrote:
>>Alberto Milone [2008-12-20 10:29 +0100]:
>>> This approach has at least one drawback though. Do we really want users
> to
>>> keep the backports enabled all the time? It would be nice if users had
> an easy
>>> way to tell Update Manager to update only binary graphics drivers from
> the
>>> backports as I'm convinced that many users want a stable environment
> (i.e. no
>>> other backported packages) with extended hardware support (e.g for the
> latest
>>> card models) or with increased performance or simply with bugfixes in
> the
>>> graphics driver.
>>That's actually possible if you enable *-backports only for
>>restricted, but not for main/universe.
> We have a proposal for a more general solution on the table that I'd really
> like to see people get behind:
> Scott K
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