# Debian volatile: keep fast moving packages working on Debian stable

The concept of Debian stable is kind of nice, since you don’t have to be affraid of upgrade breakages all the time, but it can also be annoying, because things like spamfilters and virusscanners are fast-moving and you often end up with old versions of those. That is why the Debian volatile project exists.

On new installs, the packages sources will already be in /etc/apt/sources.list, but the sources.list doesn’t seem to be upgraded on old systems, so you may need to add them by hand. These are the sources:

deb http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main
deb-src http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main 

It’s speaks for itself that you have to change lenny to whatever the release will be…

1. Comment by Rowan Rodrik
On January 30, 2010 at 21:29

Nice post title! Seriously, this is the kind of information which I find difficult to express in a single phrase.

I’m not so sure about the slug though; it hardly fits in my location bar. 😕

2. Comment by halfgaar
On January 30, 2010 at 22:08

Thanks 🙂

I never look at the slug, so I always leave it at default…