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Re: Why apt-get is not a proper software search engine

Miles Bader <miles@lsi.nec.co.jp> writes:

> At a minimum, even if you never use the nice GUI, the automatic tracking
> of packages that can be deleted automatically when nobody depends on
> them is worth it.  It seems like this functionality really ought to be
> in the libraries, not aptitude.

Yeah, that's what I use debfoster for.  aptitude is a bit better at it, I
think, but debfoster does a good enough job at it and it's very, very
fast.  aptitude may be able to handle the stuff that debfoster misses but
deborphan gets, though.

The startup delay really is kind of annoying, although I alas don't have
any good suggestions for how to make it faster.  I should find some free
time and play with a profiler....

(For that matter, the dpkg delay on "Reading database" is kind of annoying
too.  Hm.  Good project for someone.)

Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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