I think my problem stems from having included the "test" repository in order to get a package installed, forgetting to de-selct it afterwards and doing an upgrade in Gslapt.
Now I'm having all kinds of stability problems. For instance, I wanted to install xampp from the xampp website and I already had mysql installed from the repositories. I figured it would be a good idea to remove my version of mysql. When I did so, the package manager took out VASM and gambas! I mean, come on! MySQL taking out VASM? I have since manually put those packages back in by downloading them only and manually doing an "installpkg" on them thereby avoiding re-installing mysql.
Among other things now, GSLAPT is squirrely. It never really quits after I run it the first time and subsequent calls to start it just keep adding more and more zombie processes without starting up the GUI.
Assuming upgrading with "testing" turned on is the source of my problems, is there a way for me to take all those "testing" packages out and hopefully get back to a more stable system?