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Re: Interactive package management via aptitude

On 09/04/2013 06:43, Adam Borowski wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 09, 2013 at 04:19:19AM +0800, Chow Loong Jin wrote:
>> Actually, in the event of aptitude not being able to resolve the dependencies
>> satisfactorily the first round (from aptitude install foo), aptitude allows you
>> to interactively pick other solutions, or tell it what to do:
> Have you been able to get that effect from aptitude?  It seems that
> whenever it sees some trouble (sometimes even when plain apt-get would
> succeed), it proposes to remove the world, install a few unrelated
> packages, and not do whatever you requested it to.  After declining a
> varying number of such "solutions", it gives up even if it would take a
> single action to resolve the problem.

Yeah, I have actually. It's just that the recent multiarch issues (which still
haven't been fixed) tend to lead to aptitude attempting to remove the whole
(foreign-arch) world. If none of the other decisions make sense, you're actually
able to prod aptitude in the right direction by supplying some extra operations
interactively at the [Y|n|q] prompt.

> I'm not sure if it makes sense to recommend aptitude in its present state.

I wouldn't recommend it when operating with multiarch enabled. Otherwise it's
mostly fine.

Kind regards,
Loong Jin

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