Re: apt .v. aptitude (was Re: how to remove exim4 without removing mysql-server?)
On Mon, Nov 15, 2004 at 11:14:54AM -0000, email@example.com wrote:
> So, is the consensus to stick with 'apt'? Or at least to choose one and
> stick with that and not to mix apt and aptitude (it sounds to me as though
> Marc is saying if you mix you'll end up with 2 out of date lists of what
> has/hasn't been inst-ed)
No, I made no such statement. I said that aptitude ignored the status file
in favor of its own re-implementation of it. I should have been more
Aptitude *does* read the status file, and copy its flags to its own file.
The problem is that it does it only when you use the ncurses interface.
Try it... put a package on hold with the normal tools (dpkg, dselect), then
try 'aptitude upgrade'. Aptitude won't recognize that the package is on
What *dpkg* does is the standard. If aptitude doesn't honor it, it's
broken. If aptitude is *inconsistent*, as it is between the command line
and the ncurses interface, it's WORSE.
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