To install a package from Debian Unstable into my Testing release I've followed a solution found at Unix & Linux.

First, I added unstable as repository in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/unstable.list:

$ sudo cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/unstable.list
deb http://ftp.pl.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.pl.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free

Second, I set priorities for testing:

$ sudo cat /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/default-release
APT::Default-Release "testing";

After executing apt update update I searched for a package nautilus-actions which should be available for Sid. However, running apt search nautilus-actions give no result. Why?


The reason you can’t install the package in either testing or unstable is that it was removed a year ago because it’s obsolete. It won’t be part of the next release. It’s supposed to be replaced by filemanager-actions but that doesn’t appear to be packaged in Debian (it’s been requested but not yet packaged).

It’s still listed as available in debports for arm64 but that’s only because it hasn’t been cleaned up there; you can’t actually download it from debports (if you follow the links you’ll end up with a 404).

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As your link says it's a debports package, so it is only available on arm64 architecture. Are you sure you're using an arm64 based machine?

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  • Thanks, I didn't know that. I don't run that kind of machine. – menteith Sep 10 '18 at 18:31
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    No, it’s not “only available on arm64”. The debports listing is a leftover and doesn’t point to an available file. It’s an obsolete package which has been removed. – Stephen Kitt Sep 10 '18 at 18:47

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