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I'm currently working on Debian.

I've recently found a package I want to use apt-get to install onto my computer, but the only distribution of it is for the oldstable (jessie) repository. I'm currently using the stable (stretch) repository, and apt-get doesn't have the oldstable repository in 'sources.list.d'. How do I add the oldstable repository to that list?

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  • I don't think apt-get can install it. But you can download it somewhere else and use deb to install it. – 炸鱼薯条德里克 Apr 30 at 0:05
  • I've tried using a direct website download, but during the 'make' command it runs into an error of a directory missing, even though I can see the directory in the right spot. That itself is another question, and I don't want to run though the trouble of working that out. – Quinn Randall Apr 30 at 0:22
  • After further research, I've decided to change the question to a more specific statement – Quinn Randall Apr 30 at 0:46
  • Why would you have to use make? Do you really know the difference between "build a package" "download a package" "install a package"? – 炸鱼薯条德里克 Apr 30 at 1:06
  • No... Sorry, I should look more into what I was saying and what I wanted. – Quinn Randall Apr 30 at 1:10

You can add the repository the "usual way". Create a file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d say jessie with the line:

deb https://deb.debian.org/debian/ jessie main

You may then be able to install the package with apt after an apt update. However, there may be dependency issues and clashes etc.

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