Magnus Therning magnus at
Thu Jun 9 06:28:25 UTC 2005

On Thu, Jun 09, 2005 at 09:44:15AM +1000, Gary Jarrel wrote:
>I've recently enabled backports to install & evaluate NVU (recent
>thread) in doing so, the system appears to have a numebr of new updates
>that can be installed which were not otherwise available.
>My understading is that backports are entirely un-supported. So if I
>install for example gcc-4.0-base from the backports repository which
>would in effect remove gcc-3.5-base due to the conflict (keeping in
>mind that gcc-3.5-base is supported), does that mean that any further
>update made to main or restricted repositories for the gcc-x.x-base
>package will not appear in the "upgrade" list (say if I wanted to
>revert back to the supported package).

You have understood it correctly. This is one of the reasons why I keep
the backports repo commented out in my sources.list, I only uncomment it
to install individual packages.


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