Packages from Unstable

When you need a new package that is in unstable, you can follow this procedure.

enter /target chroot

The installer does the install the directory /target.

You can get there before you reboot or by using the rescue mode

download & install package

Finding the right URL of a package without apt is somewhat hard. Point a browser to and dig deeper from there. You might end up with an URL like so do


to get it in your directory. With

dpkg -i initramfs-tools_0.73_all.deb

will it be installed.

When more packages are needed, you have to install them the same way.

Note: this wiki page was written for 380648 Please keep updates generic for other 'packages from unstable'