[kwlug-disc] apt-get dist-upgrade: "... newer than version in archive"??

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Fri Aug 14 10:50:33 EDT 2009

   more debian pkg mgmt questions.  in prep for trying a  
"dist-upgrade" from sarge (3.1) to etch (4.0), i edited  
/etc/apt/sources.list appropriately, then i installed  
"apt-show-versions" so i could run

# apt-show-versions -u

to see what would be upgraded.  i got 106 packages, but a small number  
of them were flagged as "newer than version in archive".  what does  
that mean?  that a package had a particular version number in sarge,  
but was subsequently downgraded for etch?  and if i do the  
dist-upgrade, what happens to such packages?  thanks.


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