Re: packages fetching tools
On Sun, 25 Jul 2004 13:30:50 -0600 (MDT), Bruce Sass wrote:
>>> Since people keep telling us that apt-get is braindead, and that
>>> aptitude does a better job, I tried that too, with similarly scary
>>> results. Since aptitude's output is more compact, I include it here.
>> In my experience, aptitude has its own set of problems. Alas, nothing is
>Don't forget about dselect. If the APT tools are not giving you
>enough control then maybe dselect will, especially if you don't use
>the apt method for fetching packages.
I'm sorry ... I've used dselect. I still have bad dreams about the
hours I spent lost wandering round in there (not to mention in its
so-called help system). IMHO it's user interface exemplifies the
phrase "as user friendly as a cornered rat". I can't imagine what the
designers were thinking of when they dreamed it up.
I understand that it (apparently) gives the best level of control over
packages, and it sure is very quick at whatever-the-hell-it-is that it
does, but I won't use it again unless I'm being beaten with rubber
hoses to force me to.
If apt hadn't existed, I might even have been forced to give up using
Debian because of the thought of having to use dselect for package
[phew] I feel better now ... thankyou for letting me share that with
If brute force doesn't work, you're just not using enough.