I had some problems with Linux, probably caused by a bug in the kernel or some drivers.
Old distriutions such as Ubuntu 12.10 work, and that's what I use.
However this release is old and isn't supported anymore, so I download most packages over the Debian repo web interface.
I want to add the Debian Jessie repository to sources.list, but I don't want to neither packages be upgraded automatically, nor over apt-get upgrade.
I want packages only be upgraded if I type: apt-get install --only-upgrade packagename or if it is required because packagename is required as an dependency by apackageiwanttoinstall.

  • add a hold line in your apt conf file something like ' apt-get --hold {pkgs} Jun 23, 2015 at 16:31

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What you need is APT Pinning. You should set the priority of Jessie packages low enough that they won't be auto-installed, e.g.

Package: *
Pin: release n=jessie
Pin-Priority: 50

See the apt_preferences man page.

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