RE: new to debian have questions
FWIW, I absolutely loathe dselect. I'm sure it's
probably improved with the last few releases of Debian,
but it used to be a royal PITA.
The only time I use dselect is during the initial
installation just because it starts up automatically.
I immediately exit dselect, let the system reboot,
then install what I want to using apt-get. I've yet
to find that there was anything I needed to do that
*required* that I fire up dselect.
apt-get and dpkg work just fine for me.
Jeremy L. Gaddis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On
Behalf Of Eric E Moore
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 3:48 PM
Subject: Re: new to debian have questions
>>>>> "Joost" == Joost Kooij <email@example.com> writes:
Joost> Apt-get is generally much cooler when run as a dselect method.
Joost> It will save you many pains if you take 30 minutes to learn the
Joost> principles behind dselect and its slightly weird key
Joost> assignments (it's still much easier to learn than vi).
Joost> People who tell you to use apt-get directly are generally
Joost> ill-informed. If you do not understand what dselect does for
Joost> you, that means that you have to do it yourself if you don't
Joost> use dselect. Unfortunately, it seems that many people do not
Joost> understand what dselect is supposed to do.
For the relatively uninitated amongst us, could you spell this out
quickly. What does dselct do that apt-get doesn't? I remember
hearing on a list that it doesn't handle suggests and reccomends, is
there anything else? If so, what? Is this in a FAQ? I checked the
debian faq and it lists some things dselect can do, but it seems
apt-get does some too...
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