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I tried many searches, then I cannot find the solution, here is my problem.

My server is debian with Jessie (8) distribution, but I have to install a old package now archived which was available for old distributions like Lenny (5)

The package name is : ttf2pt1 Can be found here (Official) or here (Debian archive)

I tried to edit my sources.list with old sources urls but nothing change, I got several errors like :

Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package ttf2pt1

E: The value 'lenny' is invalid for APT::Default-Release as such a release is not available in the sources E: The value 'lenny' is invalid for APT::Default-Release as such a release is not available in the sources

What is the right way to install an old package onto an actual stable distribution ? Thank you

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Finally I found alone the solution.

I was true to edit my source list

But I should add : deb http://archive.debian.org/debian lenny main

Then apt-get update

Then I can install my old package :)

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    Another possibility (I'd say, a better one) is to manually fetch the .deb file of the package of interest (using wget for instance) and then installing it directly using dpkg -i path/to/that/file.deb. The upside of this approach is that it doesn't pollute APT cache with obsolete information from the archived release. – kostix Aug 10 '16 at 16:49
  • The downside is that if the package to be installed depends on other packages, you'd need to sort this situation out. And that's when the situation becomes interesting: if the subject package has "weak" dependencies (say, it depens on package foo without specifying its version or has a lax version specification) you will be able to get the packages it requires just by apt installing them. – kostix Aug 10 '16 at 16:52
  • ... But if it depends on older versions of some packages, you'll have a clear hint you will probably need to "forward-port" that old package by obtaining its source package and building it for the current stable distribution -- possibly with some due adjustments first. It's like backporting a package from testing/unstable but in the other direction ;-) – kostix Aug 10 '16 at 16:53
  • Wow, I like the first solution. If I knew it I'd try it Because really it was a small package and just fetch the .deb could be a right simple solution Now I should have to clean my package list cache because of what I did thank you very much – Buffarnaud Aug 11 '16 at 21:13

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