[PlanetCCRMA] managing mulitple repositories

Lawrie Abbott lawrieabbott@iinet.net.au
Tue Mar 16 20:33:02 2004

Bruce Elliott wrote:

> It sounds like I should do what you did, but there are still a few 
> things (okay, more than a few) that I don't understand.  (Questions 
> embedded below.)
> Lawrie Abbott wrote:
>> Bruce Elliott wrote:
>>> I have removed the later version of apt that I'd gotten from the 
>>> kde-redhat repository, and reinstalled the one from Planet CCRMA.  
>>> Before I attempt to do any more apt-get updates, however, I'd like 
>>> to understand how apt works a little better so that I can avoid 
>>> shooting off my other foot this time.
>> First let me tell you that I'm not  an apt guru ... just letting you 
>> know what Ive found by the trial and error method :)
>>> I currently have the Planet CCRMA sources.list and apt.conf in my 
>>> /etc/apt/ directory, but there is also kde-redhat.list in the  
>>> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/  directory.  How does apt decide which one 
>>> to use?  Should I also have a similar "ccrma.list" file in this 
>>> directory, and if so, should there still be a sources.list in the 
>>> parent directory (/etc/apt/)?
>>> What about the apt.conf file?  I have an apt.conf.d directory, but 
>>> it has nothing in it.  Can apt work with separate apt.conf files for 
>>> different packages from different repositories?
>> Apt can use both the apt/sources.list and 
>> apt/source.list.d/sources.list files. I dont know what happens if 
>> there are double ups or conflicts. To be safe... dont have any. My 
>> apt/sources.list   and apt/vendors.list files are  basically blank. 
>> And the information is in  separate files in the .d directories.  For 
>> apt.conf the settings  in the  apt/apt.conf override those in 
>> apt/apt.conf.d/apt.conf.  My guess  is the behaviour is similar for  
>> sources and vendors.
> How do I know whether there are conflicts or even just redundancies in 
> the sources.list files?  In the planet ccrma list, for e.g., I see 
> components like, "os updates", "planetccrma", and "planetcore".  How 
> do I know which packages are associated with these entries?  (For 
> kde-redhat, the only component name seems to be "stable" ...)

For the contents of sources.list files, follow the instructions as per 
each repository's website. The ones mentioned in the repo-config-x files 
are a good place to start , but you may want  to add extras for eg if 
you want 'testing' , then the appropriate line s will need to be added.

>>> All I'm really trying to ensure is that apt can upgrade any packages 
>>> that come from only one repository, but also that it will use the 
>>> Planet CCRMA repository for packages that are available from either 
>>> one.  (This seems safer, since the newer apt, from kde-redhat, 
>>> didn't like the unsigned packages from P. CCRMA.)
>> What I have done is to use the new apt from kde-rehat and install the 
>> repo- config files ie
>> repo-config-fedora-1.2-0.fdr.2.rh90
>> repo-config-kde-redhat-1.4-0.fdr.0.rh90
>> repo-config-freshrpms-1.4-0.fdr.0.rh90
> What are these and where should I find them?  I don't recognize them.  
> They're not in my kde-redhat.list file.

If you are using RH9 they are at

FC1 only has one

>> (first backup existing lists.confs etc)
> I don't think I have anything called lists.confs ...

Doh! typo ;)    lists, confs etc

>> then copy the ccrma sources.list to apt/sources.list.d/ccrma.list
> I can do that ...
>> and copy the  the default.conf in /apt/apt.conf.d/ to 
>> /apt/apt.conf.d/ccrma.conf
> hmmm ... my apt.con.d directory is *empty* right now (!??)

Things will change if you install the above :)

>> and  then uncomment the 'Ignore { "gpg-pubkey"; ' line.
>> This gives access to   fedora kde-redhat freshrpms and ccrma. To 
>> update only from one repository either use the 
>> preferences/repositories settings in synaptic or hide the 
>> sources.list (s) that you dont want to use.
>> <other stuff snipped>
> [Note: this thread slipped off the Planet CCRMA list by accident, so 
> I'm cc:ing it again, in the hopes that it might help some others.  If 
> it's too far off-topic for this list, just let me know.]
> thanks, - Bruce
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