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Re: dselect survey

Florent Rougon <f.rougon@free.fr> writes:
> I've always thought that people who say they hate dselect (or, worse,
> that dselect is crap) fall into one of the following cases:
>  (a) allergic to text-mode interfaces
>  (b) type or click without thinking
>  (c) haven't used it for more than 5 years (I don't know how dselect
>  was
>      before slink)
>  (d) didn't bother to read the "dselect for beginners" tutorial or any
>      similar introductory document
>  (e) have had problems with packages that didn't install, upgrade or
>      configure correctly and wrongly blamed dselect for these
>      problems.

On Fri, Dec 10, 2004 at 12:13:29PM +0100, Florent Rougon wrote:
>   (f) bash dselect 'cause someone else said it was crap

I'll vote for (f) then. I remember very early on in my Debian
experience, reading an email signature here that quoted someone as
saying "dselect has an interface that scares small children".

And I must confess the couple of times I've had an installation process
start dselect for me, I've ended up Control-Cing out since I couldn't
work out how to make it do what I wanted. (I guess this also means (d))
I don't think that's five years ago, but it's probably quite close. ^_^

On the other hand, I don't think I've tried aptitude, or I tried it and
had the same problem.

apt-get and apt-cache are my friends, and I love them for letting me
specify what I want to do in a way that is intuitive to me. Altough I
wish I could tab-complete package names sometimes. ^_^

Paul "TBBle" Hampson, MCSE
7th year CompSci/Asian Studies student, ANU
The Boss, Bubblesworth Pty Ltd (ABN: 51 095 284 361)

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