The Debian-Updates repositories provides fresher versions of packages available in mainstream Debian, one of which is the well-known ClamAV. This howto describe an automated process to enable these repositories in Apt.

This howto is tested on:

  • Debian 6.0 Squeeze
  • Debian 7.0 Wheezy
  • Debian 10.0 Buster


Detect if sudo is available (“command” is used if not):

command type -f 'sudo' &>'/dev/null' && cmdProxy='sudo'

Install the required software:

${cmdProxy} apt-get install 'lsb-release'

Detect the distribution version name:

debianVersion="$(command lsb_release -cs)"

Detect the currently used download mirror:

mirror="$(awk "/^deb[ \t].*[ \t]${debianVersion}[ \t].*main[\t ].*/ { print \$2; exit }" '/etc/apt/sources.list')"

Add the Debian-Updates repositories to Apt configuration:

${cmdProxy} tee "/etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-updates.list" \
  <<< "# ${debianVersion}-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
deb ${mirror} ${debianVersion}-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src ${mirror} ${debianVersion}-updates main contrib non-free"

Update the list of available packages:

${cmdProxy} apt update


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