Brooko wrote:Leave then there permanent Joany. It won't adversely affect anything - but means that you can leave synaptic itself on the "prefer highest" setting.
I'm confused guys. I just finished cleaning up a Windows installation on a laptop yesterday as a favor to someone, as the owner hasn't used it since September of last year when his wireless quit working
Well... after ridding it of malware, installing newer drivers for his wireless, installing all Windows updates and Service Packs, installing Avira Antivir, Malwarebytes and Threatfire; I repartitioned the drive and installed both Mint 8 and Mepis 8.5 on it, along with his Vista install.
I wanted to set up the 3 OS's where they looked mostly the same, with icons on the desktop for HP Printer utilities, Acrobat Reader, VLC for playing media, OO.org for Office work (using the go-OO version with his Vista install), Picasa, and Firefox (since this person has a simple Digital Camera and HP Printer they want to use with it and I wanted easy to use programs on all 3 with icons on them). Then, go through how to use each one with him and let him try it for a while to see what he likes best.
Well... while installing Mepis 8.5 last night, VLC was an issue with the Community repos enabled and Synaptic set to highest. Ditto for the solutions offered by aptitude (always requiring a downgrade of ffmeg and changes to lots of other packages if you wanted to use the newer VLC 1.05 version).
I finally tried setting Synaptic to prefer Mepis and tried it, and then it was able to load install 1.05 while updating a lot of other packages.
I wouldn't have known to try that if not seeing this thread about it (as I don't know much about pinning, etc.):http://mepislovers.org/forums/showthread.php?t=25621
So, if it's better to leave it set to highest, why did I see those symptoms until I set Synaptic to prefer Mepis (it was set to prefer Highest) and find threads noting that setting it to prefer Mepis works?
I just finished backing up the laptop to a disk image file, now that I've got it setup and ready to go back to the owner.
Should I leave it as is (prefer Mepis), or set it to prefer highest?
I've got the stable 8.5 Community repos enabled (main, restricted) with prefer Mepis set now (I installed from the new 8.5 USB .iso and it came set as prefer Highest, so I had to change it to prefer Mepis to get VLC 1.0.5 to install for some reason).