[Aptitude-devel] Bug#964916: Option to allow packages from backports but without forcing it

Pirate Praveen praveen at onenetbeyond.org
Sun Jul 12 17:20:33 BST 2020

On Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 18:05, Thorsten Glaser <t.glaser at tarent.de> 
> On Sun, 12 Jul 2020, Pirate Praveen wrote:
>>  > It also looks like buster-fasttrack is not set up correctly:
>>  > its policy value is 500, not 100 (NotAutomatic: yes and
>>  > ButAutomaticUpgrades: yes).
>>  That is because we don't really expect the packages to be 
>> upgradable to next
>>  stable version (because these packages will not be in any stable 
>> release).
> That’s no excuse to not set these two settings. You definitely ought
> to set NotAutomatic: yes because otherwise, merely *adding* the repo
> can cause packages from fasttrack to be installed that the user did
> not explicitly select to install from there. And 
> ButAutomaticUpgrades: yes
> is needed to be able to upgrade once NotAutomatic: yes is set.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm discussing it with other team members 
and fasttrack users.

> Until this is done, fasttrack is to be classified as dangerous.

Well, at present the only end user application there is gitlab and any 
package in fasttrack is required for it. It is not a general purpose 
repo yet. We will have to adapt things when more applications 
eventually start using it.

>>  > Looking at the fasttrack documentation, it also tells users
>>  > to use a buster-backports repository from the fasttrack.debian.net
>>  > site, which is also all kinds of wrong.
>>  Why? There are times when we can't have a package in official 
>> backports
>>  immediately (transitions, backports-new). This is temporary 
>> repository. These
>>  gets removed when they are accepted in official backports.
> […]
>>  Because you did not add buster-backports suite.
> Erm… I did add buster-backports, the official one.
> You absolutely cannot have a thing called buster-backports on the
> fasttrack server because that’s too easily confused with the
> official one.

Let me think about it.

> Erk. I don’t even want to continue looking at fasttrack now.

As I said earlier, you currently need it only if you are interested in 
gitlab package.

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