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    Default Understanding the apt-get sources.list

    Hi -

    I have done some preliminary research on the apt-get command from https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...es/CommandLine

    So I understand when I type something like: apt-get install nessus
    The interface will reference the /dev/apt/sources.list file to determine where to find the package file for Nessus, will retrieve the package, and then install the application. I noticed that when I ran the command, however, it installed Nessus v 4.4.1, while the most recent version is somewhere in the 5.x range. My original, unedited, sources.list file contains the following:

    deb http://all.repository.backtrack-linux.org revolution main microverse non-free testing
    deb http://32.repository.backtrack-linux.org revolution main microverse non-free testing
    deb http://source.repository.backtrack-linux.org revolution main microverse non-free testing

    Can someone explain to me, or refer me to a website that explains what these words mean after the URL: "revolution main microverse non-free testing"
    I am trying to figure out how BT5 R3 determined that it should install an older version of Nessus. I'm really trying to understand the workings of the apt-get command better.

    Thanks for any help!

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    Default Re: Understanding the apt-get sources.list

    While this is a fairly beginners question on Linux and isn't really specific to Backtrack.

    I would recommend you do some more research on "repositories" and how they work you can find a lot of documentation online about this for different distributions.
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