Re: aptitude synaptic gnome to be removed?
On Tuesday 05 July 2005 16:38, Paul Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
(<[🔎] email@example.com>) wrote:
> I think Jules' message above is pretty clear and straightforward. I
> suppose some of the ramifications of this choice might not be
> immediately clear though.
His comments are, I believe, correct but notable incomplete and somewhat
> _Usually_ "dist-upgrade" is what you want, especially in unstable
> where lots of dependency info, etc. is changing around. The problem
> with dist-upgrade in unstable (or testing) is that SOMETIMES, if the
> packages are laid out just right (or wrong), "dist-upgrade" will decide
> that in order to bring your system as up-to-date as possible is has to
> remove large swaths of packages, because of versioning conflicts.
IIRC, with some KDE or GNOME update, I guessed that they only way to perform
the update was to allow aptitude to remove several tens of megabytes of
packages and then re-install the updated versions. With one or the other,
the update was not immediately complete and I ran aptitude from a text
console waiting for the update to complete.
> In general, I do it like this (I use either testing or unstable most of
> the time):
> * Run "dist-upgrade". Check to make sure the resulting changes look
> OK. If so, accept them.
> * If not, then I do one of:
> (a) "install" a particular package or set of packages that I
> particularly want/need, OR
> (b) Try "upgrade" and see if it does a better job, OR
> (c) Give up and wait a few days for the repository to become
This is advice worth quoting.