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[Nano-devel] Debian's old version of nano quick solution

From: Mike Scalora
Subject: [Nano-devel] Debian's old version of nano quick solution
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:58:20 -0600 (MDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.11 (DEB 23 2013-08-11)

One of my most frequent annoyances is that every time I login to a new
server VM instance (almost always Debian based) or fresh Raspberry Pi
image the version of nano is circa 2.2.6. I used to build nano from source
but the time and dev dependencies are significant on a lean server
instance and/or whimpy little ARM cpu. For micro SD card based Pis, the
disk space is also significant.

I'm aware that there advantages of building from source but for me it's not practical is situations the frequently arise in my workflows.

I've tried several methods to install pre-built packages. I'm sure this is
a more general problem affecting other software but I've not found clear
set of instructions for updating a package like this to much better,
current, release versions without building from source.

I'm far from being a linux guru so I thought I would see if anyone had
some feedback (e.g. "that's a horrible idea", "this will break XYZ") for
these instructions before I shared it more generally:


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