APT pinning, Iceweasel upgrade, hide Facebook Ads
I am a pretty happy user of Debian 5 stable (“Lenny”). But some Lenny packages are a little too old for my taste.
For example, Iceweasel is version 3.0.6 in Lenny. But the latest Adblock Plus (1.1.1 and later) requires Firefox/Iceweasel 3.0.12 and Adblock Element Hiding Helper does not work correctly with Adblock Plus versions older than 1.1.1 (keeps ignoring the configured hiding patterns).
So I decided that I want Iceweasel 3.0.14 from Debian testing (“Squeeze”). I googled for APT Pinning and found this page
The lower half of it explains a “conservative approach” to pinning that only installs testing packages when the user explicitly requests it. I created
/etc/apt/preferences to look like this:
Package: * Pin: release a=stable Explanation: prefer stable Pin-Priority: 900 Package: * Pin: release o=Debian Explanation: require approval Pin-Priority: -10
Then I added the Debian testing repository to
/etc/apt/sources.list, told apt to update itself and installed Iceweasel from testing:
apt-get update apt-get install -t testing iceweasel
That worked nicely and upgraded only the Iceweasel package, nothing else.
Now I can use Adblock Plus with the Element Hiding Helper to get rid of the ads in Facebook by adding these Element Hiding Rules:
facebook.com##DIV.adcolumn facebook.com##DIV.UIEMUASFrame.UIEMUASSLikeFrame facebook.com##DIV.UIEMUASFrame
Yay! That was worth the effort …