Bug#113616: apt: inelegant behavior -- broken redundancy with dpkg/dselect
i recently found out that apt's knowledge of available packages can be
different from dpkg/dselect.
it's my understanding that "apt-get update" will update apt's knowledge of
available package, but not dpkg/dselect. it's also my understanding that
"dselect update" will update both apt and dselect/dpkg.
this asymmetric behavior is extremely inelegant, and borders on being an
outright bug. in the best of all worlds, apt and dselect would be peers --
front ends for dpkg. or whatever the low-level package manager tool is
i asked about this on debian-user, and all the responses were the same.
"yeah, i didn't realize that myself for the longest time. it's very
inelegant, but that's the way it is"
i think we have a situation where alot of people agree there's a weakness
here. the debian's package management is so much better than everyone
else's that debian should strive to fix any possible problems or inelegance in
is there a reason for the asymmetric nature of apt and dselect/dpkg that i'm
not privy to?
thanks for listening,
-- System Information
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Kernel Version: Linux satan 2.4.9 #1 SMP Thu Sep 20 08:11:05 PDT 2001 i686 unknown
Versions of the packages apt depends on:
ii libc6 2.2.4-1 GNU C Library: Shared libraries and Timezone
ii libstdc++2.10- 2.95.4-0.01090 The GNU stdc++ library