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Re: aptitude keeps trying to replace my vim-gtk and ftpd

Jules Dubois(3f88o9g02@sneakemail.com) is reported to have said:
> On Wed, 03 Nov 2004 10:54:56 -0500, Wayne Topa wrote:
> > I just ran aptitude and it got "The following packages are unused and
> > will be REMOVED".  There are 8 packages it wants to remove, one of which
> > is bluefish, which I am using as I run aptitude.(?)
> Bluefish is an HTML editor based on GTK, not an aptitude helper.  Or did
> you mean you were running the two applications at the same time?

Yes runnig bluefish editing my home web page.
> > A lot of people swear by aptitude but this behavior has made me swear
> > _at_ it more and more.
> If you want to keep bluefish, tell aptitude you installed it "manually".
 I didn't install it manually.  I had a total system wipeout about a
 month ago and got the 14 disk Sarge release disks to get back online.
 It was part of the workstation install.  BTW I have been running
 Debian since '94 and I have never had as many problems with an
 installation as I did this time.  Still working on getting everything
 I had before the melt-down working again (over 2 weeks now).  

> > There _might_ be some good reason for the way aptitude doese
> > things but I can't find them.
> Bluefish is marked as "automatically installed", and since
> (apparently) nothing you've installed "manually" depends on it,
> aptitude is removing it for you.

AFAIK aptitude installed it in the first place.  What I don't
understand is, how did it decide I wasn't using it?  ie:
"The following packages are unused" ???  As bluefish is an HTML
editor I wonder what I should install that could/would smarten up 
> > I would appreciate any explaination for this bizarre behaviour.
> What you're describing is a feature of aptitude.  You can stop it,
> easily, from removing bluefish if you really wanted to keep
> bluefish.  There may be a way to stop aptitude from removing
> "unused" packages, but since I want it to do that, I haven't
> checked.

> There's nothing bizarre involved.

Well it struck me a bit odd that I had bluefish runing an edit of my
web page and aptitude was somehow informed that it wasn't being used.

In the two weeks I've been trying to get back to where I was, apitiude
has removed then installed then removed over 50 Meg of packages.
Thank God most were on the CD set!

Thanks for your reply.  I think I'll just remove aptitude and keep
doing the dselsct update ; apt-get dist-upgrade.  Seems a bit more
understandable then what I have seen from aptitude.

Thanks again

You had mail, but the super-user read it, and deleted it!

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