Re: aptitude --mind-your-own-business option?
Yuriy Padlyak wrote:
In a previous post on this thread (or one of the many similar threads
now going strong) I said that aptitude was working fine for me in my
brand new Etch install. This is MOSTLY true. It works fine from the
command line, which is how I use it. But after several of the other
posts I decided to look at the interactive interface. They DO NOT work
In the interactive mode, you press "g" to see the packages which are
being removed and/or installed. There you can press "+" to deselect
those packages which are being removed, or you can press "_" to
deselect those packages which are being installed. When you have
the list as you'd like (or as close as you can because of
dependencies) then you press "g" again to install/uninstall those
I hope that made sense.
From the command line:
# aptitude upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done
Building tag database... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
openoffice.org-java-common python-pygame thunderbird
The following packages will be upgraded:
2 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.
Need to get 3720kB of archives. After unpacking 164kB will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?] n
3 packages held back
2 packages upgraded
0 packages deleted
This, I have no problem with, but...
From the interactive interface aptitude wants to:
Delete 1 package due to unmet dependancies
Hold 5 packages
Install 25 packages
Auto Install 172 packages
Remove 7 packages
Most of the 25 packages to be installed are Gnome related. I do NOT use
Gnome! I have NEVER installed Gnome (or KDE) on this system. Cleaning
out all of the cruft from Gnome and KDE from my Sarge system is what
prompted me to do a clean install for Etch in the first place. I don't
want to start this all over again.
Why the difference between the two modes? It is not, apparently, due to
"Suggests' or 'Recommends' since they are listed seperately in the
interactive mode and are not among the packages to be installed (at
least not the regular installed packages, I have not check for them in
the 172 packages to be auto-installed).
How do I get the interactive mode to act the same as the command line?
If I deselect the packages that I do not want will they stay that way?
Will aptitude later decide that other gnome packages (and their millions
of dependancies) should be installed?
Should I just stick with the command line since I am comfortable with it
and it seems to do what I want without having to tweak it?
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What?! Look, somebody's got to have some damn perspective around here.
Boom. Sooner or later ... boom!
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