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pinning alternative repo

Postby rhodry on Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:08 pm

I prefer to use Opera as my web browser and would like to keep it right up to date in LMDE. As a result I have aded the 'testing' repo from Opera.com to my sources.list:

# Mint mirror
deb http://mirror.aarnet.edu.au/pub/linuxmint-packages/ debian main upstream import backport

# Debian Multimedia
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org testing main non-free

# ISP Debian Mirror
deb http://mirror.internode.on.net/pub/debian/ testing main contrib non-free
deb http://mirror.internode.on.net/pub/debian-security/ testing/updates main contrib non-free

# Liquorix Kernel
deb http://liquorix.net/debian sid main

# Opera web browser
deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ testing non-free

## Depôt Multisystem
# deb http://liveusb.info/multisystem/depot all hand


My question is about 'pinning' that opera repo to ensure correct operation of Mint Update ( in fact any use of apt-get update). I do not want to get version installs wrong on updates. The aim is to continue with the Opera repo for updates.

Can someone familiar with this concept comment on my proposed /etc/apt/preferences file or suggest an alternative please:

Package: *
Pin: release o=linuxmint
Pin-Priority: 700

Package: *
Pin: origin packages.linuxmint.com
Pin-Priority: 700

Package: *
Pin: origin "deb.opera.com"
Pin-Priority: 700


Package: *
Pin: release o=Debian
Pin-Priority: 500


My understanding of that entry is that apt will see that the opera site has the same priority (but not higher) as the 'release' so it will simply look for the highest available version to install during an update?! Is that correct? Should I change the 700 to something else?

Any guidance appreciated.

rhodry,
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