Re: aptitude has Priority: standard, why?
On Tue, Mar 31, 2015, at 05:14, Fabian Greffrath wrote:
> I am curious why the aptitude package still has Priority: standard, i.e.
> why it is installed next to apt in each and every Debian installation?
> Aptitude isn't recommended for dist-upgrading since Lenny, I think.
> Do we really need to have two CLI package management tools installed, is
> this reasonable?
Well, aptitude IS the CLI package manager. As far as I know, it is also the most complete and advanced package manager Debian has. Make no mistake: aptitude is the Debian package manager you should be using if you can deal with text mode and the command line.
apt-get is the simple tool everyone knows about, though. It also needs another simple tools like apt-cache to be really usable. We can't very well leave them out of the "standard" Debian system, based on popularity alone. And the dependency resolver in apt-get is often far easier to tailor for dist-upgrade than the one in aptitude.
That said, apt-get / apt-cache are simplified package management tools. They're useful, and easier to tailor to the dist-upgrade process. However, for day-to-day use, apt-get/apt-cache have nowhere near all the capabilities of a fully featured package manager like aptitude. You can probably duplicate most of aptitude's functionality with apt-get+apt-cache+lots of scripting nowadays, but still...
So, yes, IMO we need both aptitude and the simplified apt toolset in "standard".
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