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Re: Wondering how long it usually takes for a package to move from stable-p-u




On Thu 11 Apr 2019 at 09:01:37 (-0400), Greg Wooledge wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 09:51:11AM -0300, Francisco M Neto wrote:
> > On Thu, 2019-04-11 at 08:20 +0400, Jerome BENOIT wrote:
> > > And is there any way I can install just that one package as the
> > > > newer 
> > > > version on debian stretch without changing the repos to testing for
> > > > the 
> > > > whole OS?
> > > 
> > > I guess that the best you can do is to build your own package from
> > > the debian source material.
> > 
> > 	Alternatively, if the package has been updated in testing you
> > can download the .deb and install it manually with 'dpkg -i'.
> 
> ABSOLUTELY NOT.
> 
> Do not EVER install a package from "testing" on a "stable" release.
> 
> If there is a backport of the package, you may use that.
> 
> If there is not, you may attempt to backport it yourself.  This may be
> easy, difficult, or impossible, depending on the build dependencies of
> the package.
> 
> If a backport is not feasible, you may build the package manually from
> upstream sources and install in /opt or /usr/local.

With the *occasional* exception of dependency-less packages like a
foo-doc package (reading ahead of the game) or a font. For example,
I installed fonts-hack-ttf on all my machines, both wheezy and jessie,
as soon as I saw it mentioned here (by Gene I believe). Not the best
for Unicode glyphs, but wonderful for the eyes.

Cheers,
David.