David Nusinow <email@example.com> writes: > 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 > different). > > 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. It also doesn't help that the stable installation manual reinforces this "social problem": 8.11 Configuring APT The main means that people use to install packages on their system is via a program called apt-get, from the apt package. or: 8.12 Package Installation: Simple or Advanced [...] If you are looking for a specific single package, after installation is complete, simply run apt-get install package, where package is the name of the package you are looking for. IMO, use of apt-get should be deprecated and frowned upon except by those that know what the hell they are doing. -- I'm sick of being the guy who eats insects and gets the funny syphilis.
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