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Post by Ice9 »

Here's my full sources.list.
A couple of things are commented out but from time to time I play withy them mostly for connectivity reasons.

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#deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free 
#deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US/ unstable/non-US main contrib non-free 

# deb file:///cdrom/ sarge main 

deb http://ftp.belnet.be/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free 
#deb http://ftp.belnet.be/debian-non-US/ unstable/non-US main contrib non-free 
# deb-src http://ftp.belnet.be/debian/ testing main 

deb http://www.planet-moll.de/debian/ sarge main 

deb ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ unstable main 
# deb http://okki666.nerim.net/debian/ ./ 

deb http://linux.iatp.by/debian/ ./ 

# deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main 

# deb http://ftp.kulnet.kuleuven.ac.be/debian/ testing main 
# deb-src http://ftp.kulnet.kuleuven.ac.be/debian/ testing main 

# deb http://ftp.kulnet.kuleuven.ac.be/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free 

# deb http://www.esat.kuleuven.ac.be/~mleeman/debian/ unstable/ 
Pay attention to the fact that I point apt to the unstable repositories so you might wanna change unstable to stable if you're using Sarge or to testing if you use Sid.

A great place for finding stuff that's not included in the "standard" repositories is
The Unofficial APT repositories list
That's where I found the repositories for mplayer and acroread and other things like that.

About the repositories for synaptic and Apt, yes they are the same because synaptic is nothing but a front-end for Apt.

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Post by dickinsd »

Thanks for your excellent help.

I added each of your repositories to the sources.list file and did an apt-get update and then apt-get install kernel-image-2.6.11-1-k7.

Each time I was told that the package was not found.

I had subsituted each of your unstable entries for stable. so I added the unstable entries and the latest kernel was then available.

I have installed it and rebooted, I have now started folding, I am going to be interested to see if the latest kernel for my CPU will increase the folding performance.

Either way, I know have the latest kernel, which is always good anyway.

I wonder if I could go back to an earlier point you made and ask why it is you dislike synaptic?

Granted if you have a command line tool as powerful as apt, then I guess there is not much call for the GUI front end.
I just ask because I think it was Void Main that told me about Apt & Synaptic for Fedora, once I started using Synaptic, I never stopped, I felt it was a far superior tool compared to yum and up2date.

Anyway, thanks for your help with the kernel.


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Post by Void Main »

There is nothing wrong with using synaptic. As you say, it's just a front-end for apt. If you know all the apt commands and a lot of parameters for apt and apt-cache you might find it easier to just use command line. Especially if you do a lot of work on remote machines it's definitely easier to use apt on the command line via ssh. On the other hand, synaptic is really nice for browsing around the repos to see what is available. I don't do this often but do it occasionally.

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Post by Ice9 »

dickinsd wrote:
I wonder if I could go back to an earlier point you made and ask why it is you dislike synaptic?
It's not that I dislike syanptic and I never meant to imply that there was anything wrong with using it.
I just haven't got much confidence in it when upgrading heavy stuff like the kernel or my window manager.
I had it freeze on me a couple of times under RH and Fedora and had to resort to apt via the command line.
This is how I learned the command line stuff and now I just continue to do it like that, it's faster, easier and I never had apt giving up on me since then.
Edit: and I forgot synaptic's inability to handle ftp repositories through my http proxy!

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