Inspired by the great snapshot.debian.org site zerozero mentioned in another post.
I frequently build installations from the ground up, starting with a basic command line install. Great for making fully functional minimal installations tailored exactly to my needs. Helps this old computer run nicely
To date I have never been able to build a true LMDE clone due to missing dependencies in the LMDE repos. E.g., you cannot install mint-artwork-debian because of missing defoma package, you cannot install mint-meta-codecs due to a couple of missing gstreamer packages, etc.
Why don't the Mint admins recover the latest versions of those missing depends from the site above and keep them in the packages.linuxmint.com Debian repo? It would certainly aid situations like mine (admittedly, few do this) and the problems people are reporting about installing the new meta packages listed in the UP5 upgrade notes. It's got to be an easier solution than recompiling the meta packages with revised dependencies, at least as a temporary measure.