Debian Backport Packages

How to enable to install backports packages

You have to edit the file :


and add a line in the file. It will tell to apt-get where to get the backports packages, so, add this line :

deb etch-backports main contrib non-free

Then, you have to run :

# apt-get update

and now, you are able to get a package from backports, but by default, if you won't say something, apt-get will install you a "normal" package, that doesn't come from a backports packages. So, you have have to tell apt-get that is a backports package, like this :
# apt-get -t etch-backports install WANTED_PACKAGE

and replace :


by the package that you want.
That's it, you can, by instance, install the newest kernel available from debian team. Enjoy it !! You can find more information on this page if you want.

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