Re: aptitude --mind-your-own-business option?
On Sun, Dec 03, 2006 at 10:31:16AM -0800, Marc Shapiro wrote:
> Is there a way to get the interactive mode to act as an 'upgrade' and
> not a 'dist-upgrade'?
Here's how I use aptitude for upgrades; perhaps this is why I haven't
run into the problems others have. Having already gone through the list
of installed packages (when first installed aptitude under Woody) to
indicate Manual or Automatic install:
hit 'u' (not 'U') to update the list of available packages.
If there are any installed packages that have updates available,
there's a section titled 'Updateabe packages'. Remember, these
are all packages who's earlier version is alread installed.
Select this list of upgradeable packages.
Review what it wants to do. If some of the new versions have
different dependancies then these will be reflected in what it
wants to do. Note that I have aptitude configured to NOT
install suggests or recommends.
Review the list of suggested or recommended packages to see if
there's anything there I want.
Only when I'm happy with what it wants to do, do I hit 'g'
I never use the command line because I want total control over the
package management. I also have to schedule telephone time and the
interactive mode gives me ETA and I can hit 'q' at any time to stop then
It does sound like there's some inconsistancy between interactive and
command line and between root and su access. I would call it them bugs and
submit them as such, perhaps referring to these threads.