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Re: Why 2 inconsistent package managers frontents?

Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> APT maintains it's own database. If you use dselect you must always
> perform [U]pgrade before doing anything, that is a dselectism.

Bah. Bah, I say.

Jason, the available file is not just some "dselectism". It's used by
lots of programs, dpkg to name one. It is a fundamental part of a Debian
system, and of what makes Debian special (as opposed to say, Red Hat):
there's a list of every available package, even those you don't have
installed. Just because you invented your own personal replacement for
it in the apt cache is no reason to continue to ignore the usefulness of
the available file, nor the repeated requests of users and developers
alike to make apt support it in a sane manner.

apt-get update should update the available file too, and that's all
there is to it. Would you like a patch?

A Debian system without a populated available file is a crippled Debian

see shy jo

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