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Offline youpalabadolo

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Manjaro testing with unstable apps
« on: 13. March 2016, 22:06:33 »
Hi,

I'm using testing branch of Manjaro and it works just smooth, one update per week is ok for me.
I have no need to switch to unstable branch and daily updates for the whole system.

There's just one thing I'd like to modify, it's to enable the unstable repository only for selected packages (firefox, blender ...) to get updates the fastest possible.

I would use this for non-system apps, nothing very important for the system (kernel, xorg, drivers ...)

For example with Firefox, I do :

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sudo pacman-mirrors -g -b unstableAnd then
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sudo pacman -S firefox
It installs the next version.

Do you know if it's safe to mix testing base with some unstable apps ?
Otherwise, do you know if it is possible to use unstable repository permanent only for some packages precisely  and keep the rest in testing ?

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Re: Manjaro testing with unstable apps
« Reply #1 on: 13. March 2016, 22:27:31 »
Do you know if it's safe to mix testing base with some unstable apps ?
It can be problematic, indeed. Depending on the packages you install you might end up with incompatabilities.
Just one example: gtk3 receives an update and certain packages depending on it need rebuilding. They will only work with the new gtk3 version. And this is just a straight forward example. Sometimes dependencies are like a spiderweb, also packages might get replaced and so on ... you might end up in a reaaally complicated situation ... ;)
In case of the browsers the strategy is not necessary at all, because we push security updates to all branches immediately, anyway if somehow possible.
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Otherwise, do you know if it is possible to use unstable repository permanent only for some packages precisely  and keep the rest in testing ?
No. That's not possible. And you now know why... ;)
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Re: Manjaro testing with unstable apps
« Reply #2 on: 14. March 2016, 07:44:33 »
Ok, Thanks for the explanation, I'll stick to testing packages then  :)

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Re: Manjaro testing with unstable apps
« Reply #3 on: 22. March 2016, 03:04:04 »
It's almost the same thing since within two days at the most the packages from unstable branch go to the testing. :)
« Last Edit: 22. March 2016, 22:00:31 by kouros17 »