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

On Mon, Dec 04, 2006 at 03:33:39 -0600, Mike McCarty wrote:
> Damon L. Chesser wrote:
> >Florian Kulzer wrote:
> >
> [install and delete stuff with apt-get and aptitude]
> >>$ aptitude search '~i' | md5sum
> >>06f9da945e91f95eb2913ed081809159  -
> >>
> >>I rest my case.
> But you have failed completely to notice that installation
> and garbage collection/disposal are conceptually, and should
> remain physically, separate actions.

You have failed completely to realize that my computer is merely a tool
for me to do my work. I could not care less how many "conceptually
different actions" a program mixes together as long as it gets its job
done and as long as I can configure it to fit my needs. I can easily
configure/use aptitude such that the "installation" and "garbage
disposal" actions are carried out in separate steps, but I choose not to
do so. 

> >My hands are clapping!  Bravo!  Bravo!
> I remain unimpressed. The designer does not understand version
> control, hence I don't trust his design and code. End of
> story. The tool is flawed in conception. How clever it may otherwise
> be is irrelevant.

According to the manpage, the designer wanted aptitude to be "a
text-based interface to the Debian GNU/Linux package system". As far as
I can tell from my own experience, aptitude is exactly that.


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