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How to keep usin/installing Debian 5 (lenny) now that Debian 6 has been released?

Posted on 2011-02-23
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I've got the problem that since Debian 6 was released I cannot install Debian 5 if the machine is connected to the internet (it hags up or stays frozen in a screen for ever).

Also, I need to keep using the repositories for Debian Lenny, now they do not work, since I have an application (custom)  and also Asterisk that need pre-requisites from Debian and they are not found in the paths we used anymore.

I remember something like this happened to me some years ago when Debian 5 was released and I was using Debian 4, is there a solution somebody knows about?, this is very anoying.


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by:jmnf
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Are you using a graphic environment? if so... Do you have Synaptics package Manager installed?

If so... try to look inside Synaptic Package Manager preferences OR repositories and check uncheck preferred repositories as needed, uncheck if you find one that says something like USE MOST RECENT/LATEST AVAILABLE. You should be able to LOCK versions of the installed packages that you have, so they don't get updated. And don't do a "distribution upgrade" either.

Hope this helps.
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by:darwin_roach
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Thank you.

In fact I perform brand new installations all the time, since I have an asterisk pbx with some extra specific features I sell, but for some reason right now the pre-requisites did work and last week they were not working. I do not use any type of GUI, I only install minimal Debian, but when installing if the machine is connected to the internet it would hang up or freeze, for now what I am doing is installing without internet connection, I'll keep the thread/question updated if I find any more information.
thanks again for the help
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by:initsol
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Hi darwin,

just read your thread.
Perhaps this may help you :
2011-02-06 : Lenny becomes old-stable (http://wiki.debian.org/DebianOldStable). (i.e A new stable is released: Debian Squeeze)

or do you already fix the problem ?

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I had to migrate to Debian 6 to avoid any problems, did not like to be forced but did it and so far everything is working (I had to make some changes to my code), thank you anyway.
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