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#1 2019-06-18 16:43:27

halfBleed
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Advantages and disadvantages of backports

I was wondering if it is a good idea to upgrade everything to the version in backports. On the one hand, more up-to-date software. On the other hand, possible dependency issues. Advice, please?

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#2 2019-06-18 16:56:48

Head_on_a_Stick
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Re: Advantages and disadvantages of backports

halfBleed wrote:

if it is a good idea to upgrade everything to the version in backports

No, not at all.

From the official Debian site:

backports.debian.org wrote:

Backports cannot be tested as extensively as Debian stable, and backports are provided on an as-is basis, with risk of incompatibilities with other components in Debian stable. Use with care!

It is therefore recommended to only select single backported packages that fit your needs, and not use all available backports.

https://backports.debian.org/

And because backports are drawn from testing they are also subject to the same 10-14 day transition delay from sid and are not covered by the Security Team so you may be exposing your system to serious vulnerabilities.


Fabricando fit faber

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#3 2019-06-19 11:36:01

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Re: Advantages and disadvantages of backports

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

...

And because backports are drawn from testing they are also subject to the same 10-14 day transition delay from sid and are not covered by the Security Team so you may be exposing your system to serious vulnerabilities.

OK.
Thanks.

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#4 2019-06-19 18:35:58

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Re: Advantages and disadvantages of backports

I typically just use the backports kernel. So far only good experiences.

Rolf

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