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Re: Fwd: Re: dselect oddities

> On Sat, 16 May 1998 10:40:23 +1000, Hamish Moffatt wrote:
> >We are all volunteers here. Generally speaking, constructive criticism
> >is welcome -- unconstructive criticism just makes people leave the project.
>     Exactly.  I have been giving constructive critism and in return I have
> been getting a flippant attitude of "It isn't that many ketstrokes."  In
> fact, one person has said that if the situation were reverse he(?)'d find it
> unacceptable yet is asking that I find it acceptable that I must do what he
> would not if things were reversed.

I think there are two things to be said about this that have not been
mentioned (I think).

1) If all you want to do is upgrade a few packages, dpkg is your
   friend:  `dpkg --install <package>.deb' is much quicker than running

2) The interface of dselect is known to be a bit klunky (by which I
   mean: not so intuitive).  That is why an alternative, `apt' is in the
   works.  As far as I know it will be available somewhere in debian2.1.
   It might be a better idea for people to put their energy in that
   project than to improve on the practically dead corpse that dselect is.


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