I have generated a sources.list file from http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/ with the following parameters:
- Country: New Zealand
- Release: Stable (Wheezy)
- Architecture: 64 bits
- Sources: Main + Security + Updates
- Include source package: No
The output I get is:
deb http://ftp.nz.debian.org/debian stable main deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-updates main deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main
My questions are:
Observation: The 'base' source (line 1) points to my local repository (NZ) but the wheezy-updates source (line 2) points to the main repository (US?).
Question: Is there any good reason why they cannot both point to my local (NZ) repository? Possible reasons I can assume are that the NZ repository does not contain the wheezy-updates, or that the main repository releases them earlier than the NZ mirror.
Observation: Line URL in line 2 ends with a trailing slash, compared with the URL in line 1 that does not.
Question: Is the trailing slash required or important for either line 1 or 2?
Observation: The order of the lines goes:
- Base installation source
- Base updates source (my understanding is this used to be called volatile?)
- Security updates source
Question: Is the order of the lines really all that important? I read here that:
"It is important to list sources in order of preference, with the most preferred source listed first. Typically this will result in sorting by speed from fastest to slowest (CD-ROM followed by hosts on a local network, followed by distant Internet hosts, for example)."
However, I would have thought that the security updates were more important, so would go on line 1. Or is is really not that much of an issue?