I have several machines with Debian 7.5 and one with 7.3.

I want to upgrade the 7.3 machine to 7.5 in order to have all my machines with the same Debian version. After some time I am going to do a full upgrade to jessie, but somewhere in the future.

That is my question: how to upgrade from 7.3 to 7.5 and NOT to 7.8, 7.9 or 8? When I use apt-get upgrade or apt-get dist-upgrade with the --simulate option it tells me that all packages are going to be upgraded to version 7.9, which I do not want to happen.

Here are my lines in sources.list:

deb http://ftp.bg.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main
deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib
deb http://ftp.bg.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-updates main contrib

Okay, I have the word wheezy here (not stable, because this will upgrade to jessie), but how to point out the version in sources.list? Is there any way I can overwrite these lines with links to repository for 7.3?

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    Is there any reason why you don't want the latest the 7.x branch has to offer? IMO, security updates should be installed anyways.
    – Braiam
    Oct 4, 2015 at 14:06

2 Answers 2


If you have a Debian 7.5 machine that hasn't run apt-get update or similar since it was upgraded to 7.5 AND still has the downloaded packages in /var/cache/apt/archives then you could:

On 7.3 machine:

  1. rm -f /var/lib/apt/lists/*
  2. apt-get clean

On 7.5 machine:

  1. scp -p /var/lib/apt/lists/* 7.3-machine:/var/lib/apt/lists
  2. scp -p /var/cache/apt/archives/* 7.3-machine:/var/cache/apt/archives/

Back on 7.3 machine:

  1. apt-get upgrade or apt-get dist-upgrade.

DO NOT RUN apt-get update first, as that will overwrite the lists files you copied from the 7.5 machine.

  • Thank you. This is a clever way to do the upgrade to 7.5 and it would work, but the problem is that on all 7.5 machines apt-get update was already run many times... And in archives they have the latest versions of packages... But thank you for your answer. In other situation I will know how to do it.
    – user63431
    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:29
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    The only other thing i can think of is to download the CD or DVD images for 7.5 with jigdo from cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive, and setting up one of your machines as a repository to serve the 7.5 packages. Then configure the 7.3 machine's sources.list to use that and upgrade it.
    – cas
    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:40
  • Yes, that makes sense. I will try and post results. Thanks again!
    – user63431
    Oct 4, 2015 at 12:18
  • It's a LOT of work for just one machine....would be much easier to upgrade them all to 7.9. Keep us posted on how it turns out.
    – cas
    Oct 4, 2015 at 21:37

You can use the snapshot.debian.org service. Point your apt/sources.list to a specific date:

(In your case, the release date for 7.5 (27042014) or 7.6 - 1day (11072014), I suppose.)

From http://snapshot.debian.org/ :

If you want to add a specific date's archive to your
apt sources.list simply add an entry like these:

deb http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20091004T111800Z/ lenny main

Adapted example for you:

deb http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20140710T222555Z/ wheezy main

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