[clug-talk] How to Read a Souces.list File?
gustin at echostar.ca
Fri Oct 14 10:09:22 PDT 2005
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Hmm, I must really be undercaffenated. That last sentance should start
with "No sense...". "n" and "s" are not even close on the keyboard.
Gustin Johnson wrote:
> There is a ton of Debian documentation on the debian site, pretty much
> everything you ever wanted to know. So sense in reinventing the wheel.
> Jon wrote:
>>>I'm trying to write a quick explanation on the structure of an apt-get
>>>sources.list file. I'm coming up against a wall in that I can figure out
>>>the first part of each line (clearly the http or ftp connection and
>>>address to the repository) but I'm having trouble reading the rest of th
>>>line. Originally I thought it was just a directory strcuture, but in
>>>some experimentation I've found that this may not be the case.
>>>For example, the line:
>>>deb http://nonus.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib
>>>I understand to mean that the repository is located at
>>>and the connection is to be made via the http protocol, but then I get
>>>confuzzled on how to read the rest.
>>>I'm trying to write this little explanation for an entry on
>>>Newlinuxuser.com <http://Newlinuxuser.com>. Is there anyone out there
>>>that would like to either:
>>>a) give me quick rundown on how to read a sources.list file, or
>>>b) write a quick (2-3 paragraphs) explanation as a 'guest writer' (with
>>>full credit and a link to wherever you'd like) which I can then post on
>>>Perhaps contacting me off list is the best idea.
>>>For the record, I'm always looking for little howto's and explanations
>>>for stuff like this to throw on Newlinuxuser.com
>>><http://Newlinuxuser.com>. There's always an open invitation to send me
>>>articles (again, 3 paragraph-ish in length) explaining or teaching
>>>Convert Them All!
>>>GNU/Linux Podcast: http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/linuxuser
>>>New Linux User Blog: http://www.newlinuxuser.com
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