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If I were, for example, to be on 12.04, but there were PPA's that did not have Precise releases, could I change the PPA entry to use Oneiric rather than Precise? Would that cause problems?

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At first i thought you could do this with apt pinning but on reflection i dont think thats right. –  Jeff Welling Apr 17 '12 at 2:05
    
What is apt pinning? Also, do you think it would be wise to maybe test this on, say, a package that does little, such as a custom indicator? –  Ryan McClure Apr 17 '12 at 2:08
    
wiki.debian.org/AptPreferences –  hbdgaf Apr 17 '12 at 2:27
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It may work in some cases ,but in most of the cases it will causes broken dependencies,If you installed synaptic you can see red colour on such(broken) packages

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