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Re: Apt-Get or Aptitude

On Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 10:12:31AM -0700, Amit Uttamchandani wrote:
> On Sat, 27 Oct 2007 10:01:02 -0700
> Jeff Grossman <jeff@stikman.com> wrote:
> > I was just reading the forums at forums.debian.org and came across a 
> > thread about apt-get and aptitude.  I just installed Debian this week 
> > after moving over from Gentoo.  I have only been using the apt-get 
> > method because that is all I ever saw mentioned.  But, I guess aptitude 
> > is the preferred Debian method now.  Is there a safe way for me to start 
> > using aptitude instead of apt-get?  What is the best way for me to make 
> > the switch?
> For new installs it is actually recommended to use aptitude. However, 
> from following the recent apt-get vs aptitude threads, there doesn't 
> seem to be any big difference between the two. So if you are 
> comfortable with apt-get there is no need to switch.

Unless you are running sid there are big differences between how apt-get 
and aptitude are handling things (dependencies, recommends)

> One of the few advantages of aptitude that I have been regularly 
> hearing is that it handles package uninstalls better. For example, it 
> is better at apt-get when removing unused dependencies after removing 
> a package.

It is better then apt-get as in apt-get can't do it at all ;) (except 
newer versions).
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
(Albert Einstein)

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