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Re: broken dist-upgrade

On Thu, Jun 28, 2001 at 09:03:38PM -0700, Marc Wilson wrote:
> Nonsense.  *apt* will only install what it has to in order to upgrade you,
> while dselect can and does gift you with a whole new set of software you may
> not want, since it obeys things like 'Recommends:' that apt has no reason to
> pay any attention to.  The *dependency* resolution between them is
> identical.

Sure, recommends: is just a sick and twisted joke on the users 
by the debian developers.  Ignore it.  Sleep on.

> apt-get upgrade will only replace already installed packages.
> apt-get dist-upgrade will only replace already installed packages, with the
> caveat that if it is necessary to replace an already installed package, it
> will allow the installation of a new package.

Look at the perl upgrade endless fun as to why this doesn't always work.
People who do not know and understand all the intricacies and pitfalls,
should stay with dselect.  It was designed for this purpose.  By the
very same author of dpkg.

> dselect, on the other hand, will install the new package_a, install
> package_b, and a raft of other stuff as well.

No, it will not.  It will inform you that the debian package maintainers
think that it is wise to consider installing some other package as well.

You keep the choice, always.  You need to know no more keys than fingers
on your hands to use dselect in all its power and glory.  Wow, that's
just too damn hard for most people, some people say.  Let them speak
for themselves, I say.

> "Friends Don't Let Friends Use DSELECT".  (should be a bumper sticker)

Dselect is user friendly, it's just picky about its friends.



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