@jonathon, what is then testing branch? It was explained to me few times that testing is only for some special packages (often Manjaro specific ones). It seems it’s not true. If it’s not special packages repo but contains all packages, what is the package “logistics”? This is confusing because it seems to be explained in different ways.
At the moment from what you said I gathered:
1. Unstable: arch stable=manjaro unstable, updates come frequently and in small portions, just like on Arch, there is very small, usually few hours delay between arch stable and manjaro unstable, although there seem to be some exceptions, like: newest (fixed) libinput is said to be in Arch stable repo since midnight and I still don’t see it on Manjaro unstable (it might be that the info is incorrect thou, I don’t have Arch install to check it). Is pushing packaged to Manjaro unstable an automatic process or someone must be involved and it is done manually hence sometimes there are bigger delays?
2. Testing: packages get moved from Manjaro unstable to testing in bulk once in a while (usually once for a few days) and then announcement shows on Manjaro forum. If packages don’t pass the test, they get withhold or sometimes re-compiled, removed, etc.
3. Stable: successfully tested and approved (read: less problematic) packages get moved from testing to stable in even bigger bulk (few testing loads may be joined for one stable update).
Please, correct me if I’m wrong.
I switched to unstable with this commands:
sudo pacman-mirrors --api --set-branch unstable sudo pacman -Syy
I assume that switching to testing will look:
sudo pacman-mirrors --api --set-branch testing sudo pacman -Syy
Is that correct?
My confusion about testing topics seem to come from the fact that I’m on unstable so I get update after update, after update, after update and then I see much delayed testing announcement, then I see newer updates and so on, another announcements and at some point it’s hard to track which package update belongs to which testing topic. In theory all is well described but with frequent updates and lack of time to analyze carefully intro post I might post in wrong topic. Nevertheless it’s still the best to post discovered issues in testing topics if one is on unstable.