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Re: Desperately trying to understand dselect (seeming inconsistency)



on Thu, Mar 21, 2002, Michael Marziani (michaelm@kw.com) wrote:
> I finally took the dselect plunge.  Aptitude is far easier, but I heard
> dselect can be more effective once it's mastered.

The primary difference:  dselect walks you through package "recommends"
options.  Generally, once you've got a system up and running, you don't
particularly need to worry about these, though you may want to manually
check packages down the road for any significant recommends listings
(use apt-cache for this).

Otherwise, aptitude's interface is a vast, vast improvement over
dselect.  I still occasionally drop into dselect, but do most of my
package selection from the command line with 'apt-get install foo'.

> Ok..  For some strange reason dselect had a bunch of crap selected
> that I have no idea where it came from when I first entered dselect
> after a brand new minimum install.  So I'm trying to un-select it all
> (D didn't work because it was previously selected), but when I try to
> un-select something that recommends another package, it won't let me
> unless I remove the other package, which in some cases is something I
> already have installed.

These are generally deps.

> Here's an example.  I have vim installed.  When I started dselect, it
> had vim-rt selected (but not installed).  So when I try to un-select
> vim-rt, I get a dependency resolution screen that looks like:
> 
> EIOM Pri Section  Package      Description
>   *- Opt editors  vim-rt       Vi IMproved - runtime support files
>  **- Opt editors  vim          Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor
> 
> Well I want to keep vim, so I do a + on it, and hit enter, well then I
> get another dependency resolution screen:
> 
> EIOM Pri Section  Package      Description
>   -* Opt editors  vim-rt       Vi IMproved - runtime support files
>  *** Opt editors  vim          Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor
> 
> But I don't want vim-rt, so I - it, and hit enter, and I get the same
> screen again.  What's the deal here?  

RTFHS [1].  You want 'Q' to override suggestions and quit.  'D' will set
all options to directly requested state.


Peace.

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Notes:

1.  Read the f-cking help screen.

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