How to use old Debian repository for unmaintained Debian versions

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Software version
Operating System Debian X
Website Debian Website
Last Update 05/07/2013

1 Introduction

Installing old Debian to prepare a migration is quite good when repositories are still available. But for old unmaintained versions of Debian, we need to change some things.

This is what we're gonna look here.

2 Usage

For this example, we're going to take lenny version which is totally deprecated. To make repository work, we need to change the repository url by 'archives' :

Configuration File /etc/apt/sources.list
deb lenny main non-free contrib
deb-src lenny main non-free contrib
# Volatile:
deb lenny/volatile main contrib non-free
deb-src lenny/volatile main contrib non-free
# Backports:
deb lenny-backports main contrib non-free
# Previously announced security updates:
deb lenny/updates main

That's all, you can update.

Notes Notes
It works with all Debian versions

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