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Re: is the jessie/stretch aptitude broken?

On Friday 02 February 2018 20:10:51 Paul Wise wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 6:09 AM, Gene Heskett wrote:
> > Running an ayufan 5.15 version of a gnu-8 image on a rock64, I am
> > getting absolutely nowhere.
> Do you mean to say Debian 8 instead of gnu-8?
> It seems ayufan probably means one of these links:
> https://github.com/ayufan
> https://github.com/ayufan-rock64
> > system is text only as the X11 stuffs has not yet been installed.
> >
> > That leaves aptitude as the only menu driven package manager I
> > believe.
> There is also dselect but it doesn't have the friendliest of
> interfaces.
> Probably you could also use synaptic via something like texttop :)
> https://github.com/tombh/texttop
Interestink, but it won't run on my amd64/phenom, and likely not on an 
arm64 because theres zero mention of arm's.

> > Its no secret that I hate aptitude as its torn down to unbootable, 3
> > systems for me on selecting something and hitting g to install it.
> Usually pressing g gives you a preview, where you can see if there are
> any package removals. Only once you press g a second time to confirm
> the changes will it do the install.
> > But today, on this machine, running as a sudo -i root, I cannot get
> > it to mark something and admit its marked when I hit a g.
> Hmm.
> > What steps do I need to do, to select the xfce task and install all
> > its deps?
> sudo apt install task-xfce-desktop

I probably should have waited. I finally did get xfce marked along with 
the xorg stuffs, and its been munching away on a 10 megabaud circuit for 
around 3 hours, and claims it might be done in 5 or 6 more. One mistake 
was having it install ALL the docs. I forgot theres quite a bit of docs 
in languages this old fart can't even sneeze.  OTOH, if I want to know 
about something that might not be installed, maybe I can ask for the man 
pages to see if its usefull. :) However its taken a 31GB sdcard that was 
at 12% when I started to around 30% now, and its only gotten to the "m"s 
so far.  Sigh...

What I really want to do with these rock64's, is make a pi replacement 
that I can run LCNC on, but that will take building an RT kernel, 
something I've already done a couple times, and probably at least a 
couple weeks putzing to convert LinuxCNC's rpspi.ko into rkspi.ko, 
effectively makeing the pi version run on rock64 hardware. Anyway, once 
this is done I should have enough of a gui that I can run 
synaptic-pkexec.  Like mice and men, thats the plan, which will let me 
uninstall in one swell foop, all those docs in what are to me, strange 

I didn't find "build-essential" in aptitude, so thats an RSN install too.

Thanks, marked important for later study.
Cheers, Gene Heskett
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