Quoting Bryan O'Donoghue (typedef at eircom.net):
> Can somebody say, what the default would be and more to the point,
> assuming (n) packages in Debian would have several versions, would there
> be some easy way I could say to apt to use the latest version of
> 'everything' in sarge ?
>> ie, don't install gcc-2.95, install 3.4 don't install Gnome 2.2 install
> Gnome 2.8 (not that I'd install Gnome) and so on, or would one be in a
> situation of having step through the Packages list and manually flag the
> fact that a 'newer' package is available then is currently installed and
> explicately install said package ?
Numerous "virtual packages" exist for those wishing to always track the
very latest of some version (or some version series), like this one:
Maintainer: Debian kernel team <debian-kernel at lists.debian.org>
Description: Linux kernel image for version 2.6 on PPro/Celeron/PII/PIII/P4.
This package will always depend on the latest 2.6 kernel image available
for Pentium Pro/Celeron/Pentium II/Pentium III/Pentium 4.
Otherwise, the assumption is that moving from one kernel
kernel-image-2.6-686* revision to another is way too system-significant
to not put under admin control. Ditto for the "gcc" virtual package,
Personally, I prefer the system to not blow away the existing Perl and
Python interpreters (e.g.) without asking me.
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