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Some packages from proposed-updates may also be made available via the stable-updates mechanism. This path will be used for updates which many users may wish to install on their systems before the next point release is made, such as updates to virus scanners and timezone data. All packages from stable-updates will be included in point releases.

For Debian 12.5 Bookworm, in order to use packages from bookworm-updates (aka stable-updates), you can add an entry to your sources.list. For example:

deb bookworm-updates main
deb-src bookworm-updates main

For Debian 11.9 Bullseye, in order to use packages from bullseye-updates (aka oldstable-updates), you can add an entry to your sources.list. For example:

deb bullseye-updates main
deb-src bullseye-updates main

For older Debian release *-updates no longer exists as those suites no longer receive updates.

The next time you run apt update, the system will become aware of the packages in the (old)stable-updates section and will consider them when looking for packages to upgrade.

Note that if APT::Default-Release is set in your apt configuration, then, in order for automatic upgrades to work, some apt pinning needs to be added (see apt_preferences(5) for more information):

Package: *
Pin: release o=Debian,n=bookworm-updates
Pin-Priority: 990

When a new package is made available via (old)stable-updates, this will be announced on the debian-stable-announce mailing list.

stable-updates were introduced in DebianSqueeze, to replace DebianLenny's Volatile (see announcement).

See also