Re: Interactive package management via aptitude
> Le Mon, Apr 08, 2013 at 06:02:27PM +0300, Eugene Lychauka a écrit :
> > http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/amd64/release-notes/ch-whats-new.html#pkgmgmt
> > Here we can read:
> > "The preferred program for interactive package management from a
> > terminal is aptitude. For a non-interactive command line interface for
> > package management, it is recommended to use apt-get."
> > What is meant by interactive interface and non-interactive interface
> > here? I understand it as typing "aptitude install foo" is
> > non-interactive interface, and the text-user interface of aptitude
> > launched by typing "aptitude" is interactive interface. Am I right?
You are right.
> > Some people assure me that not.
Who are they and what are they telling?
On Tue, Apr 09, 2013 at 07:40:22AM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> The same text is found in Squeeze and Lenny's release notes, at the "What's new
> in the distribution?" chapter. Have you considered to propose to the
> maintainers of the release notes to delete that part completely if you thing it
> is confusing, since it brings no new information at all ?
At one point we recommended aptitude for everything. Since it caused
some trouble in 2010, we settled for this new text quoted in the above.
It was fixed to be in current text in 2010 as I recall.
So this text is from Sarge I think.
The essence of this long bug discussion can be summarized:
> Steve Langasek wrote in 2010 http://bugs.debian.org/411280#35
> I think it's clear that the behavior of aptitude in releases after etch has
> not been stable and predictable enough for us to recommend it in the release
> notes as a non-interactive upgrade interface. I will submit a patch to the
> release notes to address this.