Re: Thanks for aptitude...
On Sun, Dec 11, 2005 at 10:48:09AM +0200, Tshepang Lekhonkhobe wrote:
> A while ago, aptitude was the recommended tool for the upgrade to
> Sarge and that suggests the obvious. That prompted my switch from
> apt-get. Recently, I upgraded to a 0.4.x release of aptitude, which
> featured a wonderful (albeit imperfect, as some bug reports have
> shown) problem solver (for lack of a better name), making a great tool
> even better.
Aptitude is good but _doesn't_ necessarily use the same database
as apt/dselect. This can cause problems if you mix tools. Aptitude
is the odd one out here IMHO but no one seems minded to fix this.
Aptitude was only recommended in the above case because it sorted
some instances of particular dependency resolution IIRC.
> By the way, is there a problem of abandoning dependency on APT? There
> have been some problems blamed on this relationship -- "That must be a
> bug in APT!"; "No, I'm sure it's an aptitude problem".
Go away and learn - read the mailing list archives. Apt is used as a
front end to dpkg and is now deeply spread throughout Debian :)
Bugs against apt are therefore much more likely to be found and fixed
fairly readily - such that the above quote "feels right" - you'd find
significant problems with apt much more readily because it is so much
more widely used and embedded-ish in the system.
Aptitude is great as a gui front end - but you can take "apt-get install
foo" as a single command from my cold dead fingers
All the above IMHO,