I followed the instructions at https://backports.debian.org/Instructions/

But when trying to get a newer version of pandoc with apt-get -t stretch-backports install 'pandoc', I just get:

pandoc is already the newest version (1.17.2~dfsg-3).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 34 not upgraded.

But I see there is a newer version on buster: https://packages.debian.org/buster/pandoc

Not sure if I'm doing something wrong or not.

  • I removed the package and tried reinstalling from stretch-backports but got same result. Still running old version. – StevieD Apr 24 '19 at 17:42

You are not doing anything wrong.

Stetch-Backports does not have pandoc. The version of pandoc you are installing is coming from your main Stable (Stretch) repository. Here is a list of all available versions of pandoc in the Debian Repos.

I would advise against just simply adding the Buster repos to your system to avoid creating FrankenDebian. Buster is in the middle of a full freeze and should be set to be released as the next Debian Stable in a few months.

Please consider what features that pandoc 2.2.1 has that you feel you are missing in pandoc 1.17.2. Debian back ports security fixes so unless you are encountering a bug or are missing a new feature it may not be necessary to upgrade.

If you require the newer version of pandoc this leaves your options as:

  • Waiting for Debian Buster to release and fully upgrading your system, getting the new package at that time.
  • Upgrading to Buster now to get the package.
  • Asking for a backported package to be uploaded (by filing a bug, reportbug pandoc).

However, these tasks are outside the scope of your current question.

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