backporting means rebuilding software from a later release of an operating system to run on an earlier release. A common example is the rebuilding packages from Debian testing or unstable for stable. This terminology is commonly restricted to operating systems like Debian that typically distribute ...

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Why “backporting process does not consider upstream releases”?

From http://opensourcehacker.com/2013/03/20/how-to-backport-packages-on-ubuntu-linux/ backportpackage will download the latest version of the package from Ubuntu archives. The latest ...
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How do I backport Mesa on Debian Wheezy?

This post is continuing a previous one where I tried to compile Mesa 10.0.5: What are the required build dependencies of mesa for Debian-based distros? . Except that this time, I switched to another ...
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Downgrade package from backports back to stable

I updated tmux on my VPS with: apt-get install -t squeeze-backports tmux -V And needed to get back to previous version to recover some running sessions, so I went to look which version of tmux is ...
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Wheezy and touchscreen issues

I've just bought an ASUS N550JV notebook and wanted to install Debian Wheezy. Right now, my worst concern is the touchscreen. I don't really care whether it works or not but it is really messing with ...
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Equivalency of Debian Backport vs build from source?

I am looking to use Node.js in a Debian Wheezy Stable system. Of course it is not available as a package, so my choices are: Compile from source Load from Wheezy back ports My question is ...
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Compare versions of the same package in different repositories (i.e. stable vs backports) using apt-cache show

I'm trying to find out the version of a particular package available in the backports repo to compare it with the version available in the stable repo. But when I give apt-cache show <package> ...
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Unmet dependencies after using a backports repository

I have added a backport repository to apt's sources.list to get an application: deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main Long story short: I did not manage to install the ...
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Installing mpd 0.17 or 0.16 on debian squeeze

How could I install mpd 0.17 or even 0.16 on debian squeeze? It's been suggested to me that I should use backports, but I did not quite understand what I should do in case of unmet dependencies. For ...
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How can I install more recent versions of software than what Debian provides?

Suppose I want a more recent version of software than is available for my current version of an operating system, what can I do? Cases to consider: There are semiofficial/official sources of ...
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Debian 7 apt is upgrading my custom backported package with the “official” identical version!

and happy new year to you all.. Recently I've built nginx deb package v1.4.4 from debian backport source that of course I've added to the apt sources.list and things went great. I have run apt-get ...
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Install all Linux Kernel Backports?

A series of simple questions concerning the installation of Linux kernel backports: 1) Does anyone have experience installing the unstable ones? Has anyone ever run into problems with them? Or are ...
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Check if debian/control Build-Depends: requirements are satisfiable when backporting packages

Debian/Ubuntu question here. I routinely backport packages from more recent Ubuntu distros to older ones (LTS). I download (via dget) a Debian source, then cd into it and type debuild -b. It then says ...
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Why does Linux 3.2 kernel (Debian backport) hang during boot?

I wanted to upgrade the Linux kernel on my Debian wheezy (stable) on Thinkpad T60. I installed linux-image-3.2.0-0.bpo.4-686-pae, version 3.2.41-2~bpo60+1. The problem is it hangs during boot, just ...
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install 2.6.32.59 on squeeze

I'm suffering from a kernel bug in a production environment. The problem isn't causing a complete outage, but it's degrading service. These are soft lockups. I'd like to try a newer kernel, ...
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Backports on Debian not working

I'm having problems to update to the latest version of particular software on Debian. I'm using Debian 6.0.4 and I currently I have Shutter version 0.85 which is currently the latest stable version. ...
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Why are backports called backports?

I'm reading about repositories in debian and i've found backports. But it sounds strange for me. I feel word back to be indicating older stable versions that are more compatible with less frequently ...
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How to update Debian kernel to latest in backports

I have a machine running Debian stable, and I'd like to update the stock kernel to the latest kernel available in the backports repository. There are many kernel-related packages and virtual ...
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Error installing xserver-xorg-video-* package from squeeze-backports in Debian Squeeze

I wanted to upgrade my Intel Core i[357] Integrated Graphics (Arrandale) driver so that DRI would work. But some packages were broken in the middle of the installation. username@hostname:~$ sudo ...
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Why is there a Debian backport of Linux kernel?

I understand the reason for having a backport is so that you can run newer software on an old system without using newer (and therefore unproven) libraries. That is, the newer software would get built ...