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Re: What shows what an uninstalled package does?

Harry Putnam <reader@newsguy.com> writes:

> Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> writes:
> >
> >  Harry> Yikes.. I guess the name is kind of a giveaway but the definition in
> >  Harry> the man page doesn't come across as giving that kind of information:
> >
> > 	Incidentally, if you happen to use dselect (I use dselect with
> >  apt as a backend), looking through /var/lib/dpkg/available is quite
> >  informative (especially when I am unsure of what I am looking for and
> >  just use the regexp search in emacs or less).
> My one go around with dselect during my first installation attempt
> caused me to want to shoot myself after a few minutes.  But once you
> start getting used to the keybindings it starts to work.
> What does it mean to use dselect with apt as backend? 

It means dselect takes care of package selection and dependency
resolution, and apt actually installs the packages (fetches them and
invokes dpkg on each one).  Or something like that.

Brian Nelson <nelson@bignachos.com>

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