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M: 2012-03-26
<reply>Backported packages for Debian Lenny/5.0 were removed from <debian-backports> on 2012-03-25. They were archived on For the lenny-backports-sloppy suite, a sample sources.list line is: deb lenny-backports-sloppy main contrib non-free. Security support for lenny-backports-sloppy ended on 2012-02-06, ask me about <squeeze>.
backports new
M: 2013-09-02
<reply> see bdo new
M: 2011-02-04
<reply>stable-backports has packages from packages the current 'testing' release; you can upgrade from stable+backports to testing (or oldstable+backports to stable). Packages that were backported from 'testing' to 'oldstable' are in oldstable-backports-sloppy; if you use these packages, then you can upgrade from oldstable+backports+backports-sloppy to stable+backports. Sloppy means "relaxed rules" not "crap packages".
wheezy backports
M: 2013-03-21
<reply> see wheezy-backports
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see
debian backports
C: 2010-09-06
<reply> see debian-backports contents
C: 2010-09-06
<reply> see contents
iceweasel wheezy-backports
C: 2013-01-14
<reply>Until iceweasel is available in wheezy, you will need to use iceweasel from experimental if you want a newer iceweasel than the <esr> release 10. Add deb lines for both sid and experimental to your sources.list and pin sid at a sufficiently low priority (ask me about <tum>). aptitude install -t experimental libnss3/sid libnss3-1d/sid iceweasel
vbox-install squeeze-backports
M: 2013-06-03
<reply>Ask me about <squeeze-backports>. As root: "apt-get update && apt-get install linux-headers-2.6-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` && apt-get -t squeeze-backports install virtualbox". After <DKMS> builds the necessary kernel modules, VirtualBox can be started. lenny
M: 2012-03-26
<reply>Backported packages for Debian 5.0 "Lenny" were removed from <debian-backports> on 2012-03-25. They were archived on A sample sources.list line is: deb lenny-backports main contrib non-free. Security support for lenny-backports ended on 2012-02-06, ask me about <squeeze>.
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see bdo users
nvidia dkms squeeze-backports
M: 2013-06-03
<reply>For Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" users. Ask me about <squeeze-backports> (also include contrib and non-free). «aptitude install linux-headers-2.6-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` && aptitude -r -t squeeze-backports nvidia-kernel-dkms && mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d ; echo -e 'Section "Device"\n\tIdentifier "My GPU"\n\tDriver "nvidia"\nEndSection' > /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf». Restart your system to enable the <nouveau> blacklist.
simple sid backport
M: 2010-11-22
<reply> First, check for a backport on <debian-backports>. If unavailable: 1) Add a deb-src line for sid (not a deb line!); ask me about <deb-src sid> 2) enable debian-backports (see <bdo>) 3) aptitude update; aptitude install build-essential; aptitude build-dep packagename; apt-get -b source packagename; 4) install the resultant debs. To change compilation options, see <package recompile>; for versions newer than sid see <uupdate>.
M: 2009-06-09
<reply>A backport is a package from a newer Debian branch, compiled from source for an older branch to avoid dependency and <ABI> complications. (2.7.4 and 2.7.10), . Ask me about <debian-backports> and <backport caveat>. See also <simple sid backport>.
backport caveat
M: 2008-11-17
<reply>Remember that in installing backports, you will be using an unusual configuration of packages that has not been tested as thoroughly as Debian stable and that newer packages have both newer features and newer bugs. Ask me about <version chasing>. Also note that you can't rely on backports to be patched quickly if vulnerabilities are discovered.
backports caveat
C: 2007-09-28
<reply> see backport caveat
easy sid backport
M: 2003-09-14
<reply> see simple sid backport sarge
M: 2009-03-05
<reply>Backported packages for Debian 3.1 "Sarge" were removed from <debian-backports> on 13-Feb-2009. They were archived on A sample line for your sources.list is: deb sarge-backports main contrib non-free. Then, aptitude update && aptitude install debian-backports-keyring && aptitude update. No security support is available, ask me about <sarge>.
M: 2007-09-28
<reply> see backport
M: 2013-10-23
<reply> (formerly is an official repository of <backports> for the current stable (see <jessie backports>) and oldstable (<wheezy backports>) distributions, prepared by Debian developers. Ask me about <backport caveat> and read See also <bdo kernel> <bdo mirrors> <bdo contents> <bdo list> <bdo bugs> <bdo xorg> <bdo NEW>.
security backports
M: 2008-07-16
<reply> Debian incorporates security fixes into the version currently in <stable>. This is non-trivial so it may take a couple days. Backporting security fixes means that you can update the package without problems like changed behaviour that would come with updating to a new version of the software. The upstream version number doesn't change in the Debian package when this is done; check the changelog or the <tracker of doom>.
linux backports
M: 2013-08-26
<reply>Linux backports (formerly compat-drivers, compat-wireless) is the Linux kernel backporting project: providing drivers released with newer kernels backported for use with older kernels. <RFP> filed as Debian bug #696038. #kernel-backports on Not to be confused with <debian backports>. Ask me about <stable kernel> <bdo kernel>.
C: 2009-03-05
<reply> see sarge
simple sid backports
C: 2007-08-07
<reply> see simple sid backport
vbox-install wheezy-backports
M: 2013-07-26
<reply>Debian's virtualbox-* packages were moved to <contrib> at VirtualBox 4.2, as a non-free compiler (Open Watcom) is required to build the BIOS; ask me about <wheezy-backports> (also include contrib). «apt-get update && apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` && apt-get -t wheezy-backports install virtualbox». <DKMS> will build the necessary kernel modules. etch
M: 2010-09-06
<reply>Backported packages for Debian 4.0 "Etch" were removed from <debian-backports> on 13-Sep-2010. They were archived on A sample sources.list line is: deb etch-backports main contrib non-free. Then, aptitude update && aptitude install debian-backports-keyring && aptitude update. Security support for etch-backports ended on 2010-02-15, ask me about <etch>.
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see etch
squeeze backports
C: 2011-02-05
<reply> see squeeze-backports
M: 2012-03-25
<reply> see lenny mirrors
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see mirrors mirrors
M: 2013-04-17
<reply>Mirrors of the <debian-backports> archive are listed at . Note that from <wheezy-backports> onwards, the backports archive is on the regular mirror network. contents
M: 2010-02-01
<reply>To see a list of packages that are available to you from Debian Backports, first add to your sources (ask me about <debian-backports>) then "aptitude search ~Vbpo". To determine installed Debian Backports packages, ask me about <bdo list>.
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see
C: 2014-02-10
<reply>Backported packages are normally prepared based on the sources in the testing release; there's no point in creating a testing-backports release. Ask me about <tum> <testing> <backports>.
jessie backports
C: 2015-04-29
<reply> see jessie-backports
M: 2012-03-26
<reply> see lenny-sloppy
M: 2013-06-03
<reply>Selected packages intended for the "Wheezy" (7.x) release of Debian but recompiled for use with "Squeeze" (6.0) can be found in the "squeeze-backports" repository. A suitable line for your sources.list is «deb squeeze-backports main». squeeze-backports will continue to be supported for the lifetime of <squeeze-lts>. Also ask me about <bdo>.
lenny backports
C: 2011-02-05
<reply> see lenny-backports
C: 2015-04-29
<reply> Some packages intended for Stretch (Debian 9) but recompiled for use with "Jessie" (8.x) can be found in the "jessie-backports" repository. See . A suitable line for your sources.list is «deb jessie-backports main». Also ask me about <bdo>.
iceweasel backports
M: 2016-03-13
<reply> see firefox backports
postgresql backports
C: 2012-12-07
<reply>The Debian PostgreSQL maintainers make backports (and forward ports) of all supported versions of PostgreSQL for all supported versions of Debian (and some Ubuntu releases). They also provide many PostgreSQL extension packages. See or for information.
C: 2013-03-21
<reply>Selected packages intended for the Debian 8 "Jessie" release but recompiled for use with "Wheezy" (7.x) can be found in the "wheezy-backports" repository. Note that wheezy-backports are on the regular mirror network, not on A suitable line for your sources.list is «deb wheezy-backports main». Also ask me about <bdo>.
C: 2013-05-01
<reply>see backports-sloppy
mozilla backports
C: 2013-09-20
<reply> see iceweasel backports
apache backport
M: 2013-10-16
<reply> Apache 2.4 uses an incompatible API to Apache 2.2 breaking all module packages (e.g. <php5>). Do not try to <backport> apache2 2.4 to Debian <Wheezy> unless you know exactly what you are doing. Moreover, some web application packages and gnome-user-share from Wheezy are not compatible to apache2 2.4. If you still want to proceed, backport in order, libapr, apache2 and any libapache2-* module you use. See also <ssb>.
M: 2017-08-29
<reply>Some packages intended for Buster (Debian 10) but recompiled for use with Stretch (Debian 9) can be found in the stretch-backports repository. See . Ask me about <bdo>, <backports>.
firefox backports
C: 2016-03-13
<reply> see firefox-release
C: 2015-04-04
<reply>see backports-sloppy
stretch backports
C: 2017-10-22
<reply>Some packages intended for Buster (Debian 10) but recompiled for use with "Stretch" (9.x) can be found in the "stretch-backports" repository. See . A suitable line for your sources.list is "deb stretch-backports main". Also ask me about <bdo>.