Re: A Question About Aptitude
On (04/11/06 05:51), Russell L. Harris wrote:
> I am running a fresh install (two weeks ago) of Etch, and I have been
> using synaptic to install and update packages.
> As a result of discussions on this thread, I just ran aptitude.
> Aptitude tells me that there is a broken package, and suggested that,
> because of dependency problems, I remove exim4, exim4-base,
> exim4-daemon-light, ftp, netbase, nfs-common, ntp, ntp-simple, ntp-date,
> openbsd-inetd, pidentd, telnet and I install nbstmp.
> What is going on here? It appears to me that it is aptitude which needs
> to be uninstalled. I suspect that the operation proposed by aptitude
> would render my installation unusable and likely irreparable. My
> inclination is to trust synaptic.
Your inclination is probably right but it isn't aptitude's fault. If
you consistently use aptitude it won't try to remove things arbitrarily.
The problem arises when you've used another package management system;
aptitude hasn't been involved on tracking the dependencies and
consequently make what appears to be arbitrary decisions.
However, if you use the 'examine' function when things break you can tab
through various options to set things straight; it does however, require
some patience and understanding to work your way through the problems.
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