[H-GEN] Apt pinning - Is there a guru in the house?

Anthony Towns aj at erisian.com.au
Thu Jul 2 02:24:10 EDT 2009

On Thu, Jul 02, 2009 at 11:50:05AM +1000, Russell Stuart wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-07-02 at 02:17 +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> > Globs aren't supported in the Package: field, just package names or "*". So:
> I was hoping you would reply.  Awesome answer.  You had a blog entry
> describing how to use equivs to manage the packages on a machine, didn't
> you?


> The real problem here is apt_preferences man page.

Well, the apt_preferences syntax is pretty bad in general really. I think
the theory was someone would write a nice gui or something to manage it...

> There are 2000
> words, none of which manage to say what syntax Pin: accepts.  How hard
> is it to write:

]       o   The specific form assigns a priority (a "Pin-Priority") to one or more
]           specified packages and specified version or version range. For example,
]           the following record assigns a high priority to all versions of the perl
]           package whose version number begins with "5.8". Multiple packages can be
]           separated by spaces.

]       o   The general form assigns a priority to all of the package versions in a
]           given distribution [...]

It is documented, you just have to be read those paragraphs carefully.

> Its the same for the rest of the keywords.  Pages and pages of waffle
> using examples is not a substitute a concise description of what it
> actually does.  It's not all bad though.  He style would fit right in
> with the GNU Info team.


You get what you pay for...


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