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Re: To dselect or aptitude, that is the question

In article <[🔎] 20040421022712.GB18995@kitenet.net>, on Tue, 20 Apr 2004
22:27:12 -0400, Joey Hess wrote:

> Nine reasons why you should be using aptitude instead of apt-get or
> dselect.
> [snip]

I keep hearing about the advantages of aptitude (over, for example,
Synaptic), but your article, Mr. Hess, was excellent.  I gave aptitude
another try last night and most of my earlier problems with it are gone.

Libranet decided a few months ago to modify my sources.list to use
unstable instead of testing.  I'm now finding there are about 50 packages
I can't upgrade because of unsatisfied dependencies.

aptitude shows these packages as 'Broken' so I've changed their status to
'Hold' because I want to keep them.

I hope you'll consider these questions.

1) If I don't want to remove packages simply because the upgrade
   path is currently broken, is it safe to remove the 'Hold' and leave
   them as 'Broken'?

2) If I can find some combination of packages which resolves the
   unsatisfied-dependency conditions, is it safe to install these?

By 'safe' above, I mean only 'my system won't die a horrible, flaming
death', not 'the packages are completely secure and bug-free'.

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