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Re: a few comments on the release notes

On Sun, Nov 26, 2006 at 03:13:27PM +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
>> aptitude in etch is _much_ better at conflict resolution than the one
>> in sarge.
> Can you elaborate on the "much better"? Much better how or in which 
> specific cases?

Any case involving a non-ideal upgrade (ie. one with conflicts). aptitude in
etch has a scoring algorithm that realizes that it's worse to fix a conflict
by removing a package than installing two new ones or letting one stay
un-upgraded; aptitude in sarge is nowhere near that.

I haven't compared them for full sarge -> etch upgrades, but for regular use,
the one in etch is markedly better.

Why don't you ask the aptitude maintainer on the issue, BTW?

> As a test by Bill Allombert has shown [1] that upgrading aptitude by 
> itself may lead to a number of package removals

...specifically because sarge's aptitude doesn't understand that it's better
to solve the conflict by upgrading the other packages than removing them :-/

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