I need to know if it would be safe to add this repository to a server in production?

deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free

testing is in the location.. so I'm not sure if it would be safe to use this repository in a production environment

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    To me, putting software that is marked explicitly as testing into a production environment is a no-go. – doneal24 Jun 20 at 22:38

As the name suggests, it's not "stable". While the testing repository (currently Debian Buster) probably works without problems, I certainly wouldn't risk it.

Or as the Debian guys say (DebianStable):

The release of Debian called "stable" is always the official released version of Debian. Ordinary users should use this version. See also DebianStability.

and a quote from DebianStability:

Testing is just what it says it is; it's for testing whether it works reliably prior to its release as a future Stable. You may well find Testing or Unstable reliable enough, and in fact others have remarked that Debian Unstable is more reliable than some other distributions' Stable releases.

  • Ok.. Thanks.. But could I just change testing with jessie be "stable"? like this deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian jessie main contrib non-free – clarkk Jun 20 at 22:53
  • The current stable release is stretch (buster's planned release date is 2019-07-06). If you are currently running jessie (check with lsb_release -a or cat /etc/os-release), then you should upgrade to stretch first. Then you can change testing to stretch (or stable) in your sources.list. – Freddy Jun 20 at 23:07

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