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Why is it that on my Ubuntu 13.04 system I can easilly install zabbix-agent by doing apt-get install zabbix-agent.
When I do it in Debian 7.1, it says that the package zabbix-agent can not be found.

I run Zabbix version 2.0.8 on the zabbixserver.

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zabbix-agent package is only available in the wheezy-backports repository, you should enable this repository if you want the software in wheezy (stable).


The package is also available in jessie (testing) and sid (unstable).

The procedure to enable the wheezy backports is adding:

deb http://YOURMIRROR.debian.org/debian wheezy-backports main

(replacing YOURMIRROR with your real mirror)

to your sources.list, then run apt-get update to update your repositories then installing the packages using your preferred apt method.

sudo apt-get install zabbix-agent

Normally to install packages from backports you need to specify that you want them with the -t switch, since all backports are deactivated by default (i.e. the packages are pinned to 100 by using ButAutomaticUpgrades: yes in the Release files.), but in this case, there shouldn't be problems because is the only version of the package available.

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What are the downsides if i add this repository? – Harrys Kavan Oct 6 '13 at 14:00
There is none, your system will not select packages from this repository unless you specifically ask for them. – Braiam Oct 6 '13 at 14:02
Works perfectly! – Harrys Kavan Oct 6 '13 at 14:15

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