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How to explicitly install a stable program, if both stable and unstable are in your apt-get FTP search paths?

Use a forward slash like so:
  apt-get install apache/stable
And to install an unstable program explicitly
  apt-get install apache/unstable

In emergency, what crumby tool can one use to manage apt-get packages that are installed already, or need to be installed?

The dselect tool is available, but it is pretty lame. It might help you in emergency (or it might bugger up your entire system, too, since it's a crumby text-mode program which is hard to navigate).


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