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I created my own internal repository following the instructions here: How to create a local APT repository?

I added the line deb file:/usr/local/mydebs/ ./ to my /etc/apt/sources.list

How do I specify the --target-release if my target release is just ./?

For example if I added the line

deb http://mozilla.debian.net/ squeeze-backports iceweasel-release

to my /etc/apt/sources.list I would specify it like this

apt-get install -t squeeze-backports iceweasel

How to only install updates from a specific repository?

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You need to include the version of the Debian-based system you are using - you can find it with:

cat /etc/os-release | grep VERSION=

In Ubuntu 13.10, you get this:

VERSION="13.10, Saucy Salamander"

So for Ubuntu 13.10, you would need to include the word saucy, like this line for one of the main repostories:

deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy universe

You can look at the existing repositories on your system using:

cat /etc/apt/sources.list

In Ubuntu, you can add software using sudo add-apt-repository .., and then running sudo apt-get update. This may not work for outdated systems.

More here

  • so if i have a file entry (not a url) in my sources.list file, what is the exact syntax I need to do a apt-get install from that repository? – user784637 Jan 23 '14 at 18:20
  • file:///usr/local/mydebs/ might work... – Wilf Jan 23 '14 at 18:44
  • you mean like this sudo apt-get install -t file:///usr/local/mydebs/ php? It's throwing an error – user784637 Jan 23 '14 at 18:48
  • it says Reading package lists... Done E: The value 'file:///usr/local/mydebs/' is invalid for APT::Default-Release as such a release is not available in the sources – user784637 Jan 23 '14 at 18:48
  • You could try uploading it... This site seems to allow the uploading of text files (Read any terms and conditions first, and be careful), so you could do that, and then click 'Raw' to view just the plain text file. It will look like this file (this might only be available for the next 58 minutes, as I only selected '1 hour'...) It should work as a sources link then... A more secure way may be required though.. – Wilf Jan 23 '14 at 19:01

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