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I noticed that mysql-server-5.1 is not available in wheezy (the virtual package mysql-server points to mysql-server-5.5). This lead me to wonder if there is a place that has the reverse of backports, namely, forwardports.

Is there a "forwardports" repository where you can get older software that has been ported to the newer distributions?

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Don't use old software for new projects. –  Michael Hampton Dec 13 '12 at 17:07
Never assume it is a new project... more sounds like a new server for an old unmaintained project that would be uneconomical or impossible (business logic no longer understood) to retest with newer backend parts. A very common case that no amount of ivory towering will ever change. In many cases, on debian systems you can successfully back/forward-port stuff yourself with apt-get -b source. Always look at what backdated Ubuntu LTS has to offer for that, there is a lot of older stuff still maintained that way :) –  rackandboneman Dec 14 '12 at 1:52

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