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Re: apt-get deprecated?

"Monique Y. Mudama" <spam@bounceswoosh.org> writes:

> On 2005-05-01, Paul E Condon penned:
>> In most cases this is good, but it can lead to aptitude doing really
>> bad things in some special situations. For instance, I once
>> installed kde by requesting the single over-all package that exists
>> only to bring in all the packages needed to give the user a standard
>> kde set-up.  Then, after using it for a while, I decided that a lot
>> of what was there was stuff and clutter that I didn't want. I tried
>> to remove the stuff that I didn't want, but aptitude wouldn't do it,
>> because it insisted that I had to remove the over-all kde package
>> first. But when I removed that, it threatened to remove _all_ kde
>> packages, which is not what I wanted.  I used apt-get to remove the
>> package kde. This made all of kde's component packages into
>> independent packages in the little mind of aptitude. Then I removed
>> the ones that I didn't want without aptitude trashing the rest of my
>> kde set-up.
> Ah, yes.  I've run into that kind of obnoxiousness before.
> I think the "right" thing to do here would be to mark all the
> kde-related packages as being "manually" installed, or at least some
> key subset.  AIUI, that will promote them to first-class citizens of
> aptitude-land.  But when I ran into the problem, I don't think I knew
> about that.

The right thing to do is to kill the huge meta-packages like 'kde' since
they are an ugly kludge and an abuse of the packaging system.

Society is never going to make any progress until we all learn to
pretend to like each other.

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