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I was looking at directories in https://deb.debian.org/debian/dists/. By comparing timestamps I could easily tell that bullseye and stable are the same thing. So is there no difference in behavior even if I change my /etc/apt/sources.list entry from deb https://deb.debian.org/debian/dists/ bullseye main contrib non-free to deb https://deb.debian.org/debian/dists/ stable main contrib non-free?

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Stable and bullseye currently (at time of writing) refer to the same version. Debian uses Toy Story character names as permanent release names (with the exclusion of sid which is always the unstable release), whereas releases are also given relative release names e.g. stable, testing and unstable. See https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-faq/ftparchives for more information on these release names.

At time of writing, stable refers to Debian 11, which is also codenamed bullseye, but this will change sometime in the future.

So is there no difference in behavior even if I change my /etc/apt/sources.list entry from deb https://deb.debian.org/debian/dists/ bullseye main contrib non-free to deb https://deb.debian.org/debian/dists/ stable main contrib non-free?

While the two codenames refer to the same release, there's no difference, however in the future when releases roll-over and bookworm (currently testing) becomes the new stable, then the former line will stay with bullseye (becoming the new oldstable) and the latter line will upgrade to bookworm (becoming the new stable).

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