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Re: improvements to apt: my thanks to the developers

On Sun, Nov 02, 2003 at 08:48:58PM +0000, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> so, with that background, i am absolutely DELIGHTED to note that
> apt has some additional information that it displays: it shows up
> the recommended and suggested packages.
> this is INCREDIBLY helpful because by installing one package i can
> go "hm, maybe i should add that, too".
> possible future improvements on this theme could include options,
> including in /etc/apt/apt.conf, to _always_ add the recommended
> packages to the list of packages to be installed.

Ok, obviously you've been ignoring dselect and aptitude, both of which
show these bits of information. And yes, aptitude can be used on the
command line like apt-get (dselect's version of this is a bit

It's a real social problem that too many people are indoctrinated to
believe that Debian = apt-get, and they expect this magical tool to
solve all their problems, generally ignoring not only suggests and
recommends, but also alternative programs which handle them differently.

 - David Nusinow

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