Stupid apt-get!

Robert Heller heller at
Mon Nov 10 19:56:04 UTC 2014

At Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:29:46 -0600 William Scott Lockwood III <scott at> wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM, Robert Heller <heller at> wrote:
> > Ok, I upgraded lightdm from source, but when I do a regular 'apt-get
> > upgrade',
> > it wants to downgrade lightdm.  The new lightdm I installed actually works
> > the
> > way I want it to, so how do a tell apt-get to leave it alone!
> This is why you don't do source installs.

I didn't do a source install...

> I'd download the current source package from the repository. I'd then
> unpack it, and use it as the basis to roll your own .deb package for the
> current lightdm. Or, see if someone has already done that in development,
> like perhaps Debian Sid. Once that's done, install it with dpkg.
> Debianizing a package isn't trivial, but it's a valuable skill. Once you
> know how to do that, rolling your own packages isn't all that hard, and it
> prevents you from screwing up the package management on the system.

I did build a .deb file.  And installed it with dpkg.  All properly fetched 
from a branch repostitory.

> Or, if you really want to just roll your own packages and not have to worry
> about package management (because you'll do all the dependency tracking
> yourself somehow) then perhaps look at Slackware or Gentoo.

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