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

Florian Kulzer wrote:
On Mon, Dec 04, 2006 at 03:33:39 -0600, Mike McCarty wrote:


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.

Not at all. I was making a statement about what is important
to me. Sorry I didn't make that clear. You, of course, have
a list of priorities. I have mine. They are, apparently, not
the same. I heartily recommend that you apply your set of
priorities, and not mine, to your own machine, as I will to mine.

OTOH, one day, if aptitude deletes something you need, it will be
difficult for me to feel too sympathetic.

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.

Hmm. That description is so vague as not really to mean much.
It doesn't state any performance goals. It's not measurable.
How does one ascertain whether he has failed? A simple
pass-through would fit that description.

I hope you never face the day when trying to install software
on your machine results in removal of bunch of software you
wanted to retain. Be sure to keep your backups current.

This message made from 100% recycled bits.
You have found the bank of Larn.
I can explain it for you, but I can't understand it for you.
I speak only for myself, and I am unanimous in that!

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