Re: [R] How to install R 2.2.0 Debian 'unstable' package in otherwise 'sarge' system

From: Vincent Goulet <>
Date: Fri 14 Oct 2005 - 03:06:32 EST

Le 12 Octobre 2005 18:03, Dirk Eddelbuettel a écrit :
> i) In general, and especially between 'testing' and 'unstable', use
> apt-pinning, explained in the apt-howto packages, esp apt-howto-en for
> English; and on various places across the Net; try Google'ing for
> apt-pinning.

Dear Dirk,

I'll jump in because I've been wondering how to do this for some time.

Is there any way to pin a whole series of packages using wildcards? I can otherwise pin r-base and r-recommended, but the packages they depend on will not be pinned themselves.

It thus seems the only way to have 'unstable' R packages on my 'testing' system is to list them all in /etc/apt/preferences. It is neither convenient nor "safe" since I will eventually miss unlisted packages.

Thanks in advance!

  Vincent Goulet, Associate Professor
  École d'actuariat
  Université Laval, Québec

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