Re: Maze of Twisty Turny Little Package Managers
> It appears that there are a lot of tools for managing packages and
> dependencies on debian - dpkg, apt-get, aptitude, synaptic, ????.
There is only one package manager in Debian: Dpkg. Apt is a
dependency-resolving library that runs on top of Dpkg. Apt-get, Aptitude,
and Synaptic are front-ends for Apt.
> To what extent do these tools understand the same data, i.e. to what
> extent can one mix and match between them?
They all manipulate the same database through Dpkg. Some do additional
stuff such as automatically installing recommended packages and tracking
which packages have been installed as dependencies vs. being requested
directly by the administrator.