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Re: APT 0.7 for sid

On Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 07:03:47AM +0200, Christian Perrier <bubulle@debian.org> wrote:
> > upgrade path for two releases now, with its Recommends: handling being a
> > major reason for this.  I'd be surprised if there weren't at least *some*
> > users switching to it as a result.
> Developer users probably. The ones that resist are more non-developer
> users. I'm constantly being annoyed at work with so-called systems
> administrators pinging /me about "my Debian box upgrades badly" which
> is nearly always the consequence of the use of apt-get for upgrades.
> And I can definitely confitm that, when one just answers "read the
> bloody release notes and learn about aptitude", the surprise is often
> very high when people discover that the recommended tool is aptitude
> and not apt-get.
> There are so many examples all around the web with various apt-get
> calls and pretty few with aptitude. In these days where googling
> becomes a synonym of "read the documentation", it hurts badly.
> Another widely misunderstood feature of aptitude is the ability to
> handle packages installed as dependencies. It's pretty often badly
> understoood and leads to horror stories floating around of "aptitude
> wants to remove half of the system" while the issue is just the user
> not understanding the documentation that explains how to switch
> properly from apt-get to aptitude.

The fact is : users don't read documentation. Software should be
designed considering this fact.


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