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I installed Debian testing (jessie) and put this in my /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://http.debian.net/debian testing main contrib non-free
deb-src http://http.debian.net/debian testing main contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free

I want to install a third-party piece of software that requires libgnomeprint, but I can't seem to find it in the repository. I used apt-cache search libgnomeprint and apt-cache search gnome | grep print, but no luck. I searched the repositories online , but no luck.

According to a changelog it was removed from Debian testing (I think), so if I'm interpreting that correctly, it's not available in testing at all? Is there any way to install it? I don't want to just add a repository for another version of Debian, like stable, because I'll get package conflicts that way.

Is it dangerous if I just find a deb of v2.2 somewhere and install it? I don't want that to put me in dependency hell, or will it not?

If it's relevant, I'm not actually using gnome as my DE; I just need this one package.

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According to the removals file, it was removed from future Debian at the request of the maintainer. The reason cited is that the library is obsolete.

It still exists in current stable. Adding stable sources to a testing system is fairly safe, since all versions in testing should be the same or newer. The risk is minimal because apt will never downgrade packages unless explicitly told to do so (unlike upgrades). Add a source line for wheezy and then install it via apt-get.

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I added a source line that specifically referenced stable main, installed the package, and everything looks good. Thank you! –  Michael Oct 8 '13 at 23:17

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