[nmglug] How to safely replace a Buster/stable package with a Stretch/oldstable package and maintain it?
trailerdog234 at comcast.net
Thu May 14 08:55:07 PDT 2020
Clementine audio/music player version 'clementine/bionic
1.3.1+git276-g3485bbe43+dfsg-1.1build1 amd64' used by Ubuntu 18.04
flavors works perfectly for my particular needs.
However, on two older laptops for which I most value Clementine's
abilities for downloading podcasts, the slightly newer/different
Clementine version 'clementine/stable 1.3.1+git609-g623a53681+dfsg-1
amd64', which is supplied by the default repos for Debian 10
stable/Buster and antiX 19 (a lightweight Debian derivative), always
fails with respect to the Music > Add Podcast > iTunes Search option.
I currently spend about half my time living in a location where the only
access to the internet I have is through occasional infrequent use of
WiFi supplied by the public library (now closed and only through an
office window and apparently restricted hours due to Covid 19). So I
really want to be able to conveniently grab new episodes of particular
podcasts using these two reliable and infrequently updated Debian machines.
By way of additional context and perspective, my Android/F-Droid phone
app, AntennaPod, which has an Add Podcast > iTunes Search functionality
similar to Clementine, always works fine (though with more limited speed
and storage capability than the laptops.) So, although I won't entirely
rule it out, I don't expect the iTunes Search problem lies directly or
solely with iTunes or the current anti-competitive (and perhaps
understandable) machinations of Apple.
It happens that Clementine version '1.3.1+git276-g3485bbe43+dfsg-1', the
version provided for Ubuntu 18.04 flavors (less the .1build1 suffix),
appears to be exactly the same as that listed at
https://packages.debian.org/stretch/clementine as the version formerly
provided by Debian for oldstable/Stretch.
So, in theory it seems probable that I ought to be able to simply
replace the Buster version of Clementine with the Stretch version so as
to obtain the full functionality I have under Ubuntu in Debian.
People usually seem to complain that the problem with Debian is the
default preference for older packages, but in this case the problem
seems to be exactly the other way around.
General Linux and Ubuntu information I've found suggests that it is a
reasonable possibility to restrict the use of certain packages to older
or specific versions of software, but I've yet to locate official Debian
sources that provide direct confirmation or clearly applicable
instruction for my case. All the wiki.debian.org instructions seem to
be geared to using the occasional newer 'sid' or 'testing' version in
Of course, if I can get the Stretch version of Clementine installed in
Buster, I want to do it in the safest and most maintainable way so that
nothing is liable to break.
Any advice or suggestions?
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