Re: A Question About Aptitude
On Sat, Nov 04, 2006 at 12:40:54PM +0000, Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 04, 2006 at 05:51:05AM -0600, Russell L. Harris wrote:
> > As a result of discussions on this thread, I just ran aptitude.
> > Aptitude tells me that there is a broken package, and suggested that,
> > because of dependency problems, I remove exim4, exim4-base,
> > exim4-daemon-light, ftp, netbase, nfs-common, ntp, ntp-simple, ntp-date,
> > openbsd-inetd, pidentd, telnet and I install nbstmp.
> There is a problem to running aptitude in my experience. Any time you
> try to uninstall packages installed by aptitude on the basis of a
> Recommends, aptitude may then attempt to uninstall _all_ packages based
> on Recommends. [May because it doesn't happen 100% of the time].
Not just by Recommends but Depends too. You see big A if the package is
installed automatically. That is the design of aptitude.
> It may be that I'm just a dyed-in-the-wool dselect user but this
> apparent feature has been enough to put me off aptitude altogether.
You can avoid installing recommends by a menu entry for configuration.
> IMHO, YMMV, etc. etc.
Some dependency handling is said to be the best under dselect (at least
strongly claimed by its author who seems to use it with dpkg-ftp. No
APT on his machine.) Policy on dependency handling was written by him.
So you are not alone and there is a man behind you :-)
But I got spoiled with aptitude's functionality for search etc.