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Re: To dselect or aptitude, that is the question

Hello Karsten!

On Tue, Apr 20, 2004 at 12:39:48PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> aptitude is pretty much a replacement for both dselect (interactive) and
> apt-get (command line).  With near but not-quite drop-in replacement of
> the latter.  The strengths go beyond this to include logging of system
> updates, allegedly, though I'm still not fully clear on how/where.

Do you mean the log in /var/log/aptitude ? Has already helped me in
explaining quite a lot of strange things...

> [...]
> The short answer, though, is that you'd want aptitude over dselect in
> virtually all instances.  Though apt-get is still useful.  Look also at
> synaptic and, um, the other stuff.
> > Flo - who was a dselect advocate for a long time and then switched to
> > aptitude because of its ability to easily handle mutliple releases.
> > I stayed there, and I don't regret it.

I really mean that :)

Nowadays I solely use aptitude and apt-get source / build-dep (and
occasionally a direct dpkg). The only thing I miss is dselect's
feature to show me a dependency resolution screen directly after
(de)selecting a package, but aptitude's other features more than
compensate for this.
Now if someone please ported aptitude to hurd so I can get rid of
dselect there as well... ;)

Still, I think it up to everyone to pick his tool, and if someone
after some testing really prefers dselect, well, I won't stop him.


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