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Re: aptitude --mind-your-own-business option?

On Sat, Dec 02, 2006 at 05:34:23AM -0600, Russell L. Harris wrote:
> * Ken Irving <fnkci@uaf.edu> [061202 04:52]:
> > I've periodically tried using aptitude, but always get scared off
> > when it seems to "run away".   I'm sure it knows what's best for my
> > machine ;-), but is it possible to override this behavior?
> ...
> > I'll probably just go back to using apt-get, and probably everything
> > will be fine until the next time I decide to try aptitude.  Is there a
> > compelling reason to bother?
> Synaptic works.  Debian Etch installs synaptic by default.  For most
> users, it is foolish to mess around with anything else.

Does synaptic do something better than apt-get?  It doesn't appear to
be very usable on a command-line, looking at aptitude show synaptic.

>From another thread:

> From: Ralph Katz <ralph.katz@rcn.com>
> Subject: Re: aptitude dist-upgrade removes important packages
> On 11/17/2006 01:30 PM, Russell L. Harris wrote:
> >
> > Meanwhile, Debian installs "synaptic" by default.  Use synaptic
> > instead of aptitude.
> Au contraire...  The docs are quite explicit about this: use *aptitude*.

Maybe I'll just crawl back under a rock and continue using apt-get.

I thought that aptitude combined the functionality of apt-get and 
apt-cache commands, but aptitude source <package> didn't work, and
isn't even mentioned in the man page.  Hmm...


Ken Irving, fnkci@uaf.edu

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