Re: Benefits (and risks) of using Sid
Kent West <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Damon L. Chesser wrote:
> > On Wed, 2008-08-06 at 20:01 -0700, Daniel Burrows wrote:
> >> Heh. :-)
> >> I actually am curious to hear what people like about the program,
> >> because I'm (slowly) working out ideas for redesigning the interface
> >> and I don't want to accidentally break useful features. Any breakage
> >> should be fully intentional, that's my motto.
> >> Hence my oh-so-subtle prodding...
> >> Daniel
> > Sadly, I have NEVER used aptitude ncurses. Ever since the early days of
> > Potato, when I tried to use it, I would get completely lost. As smart
> Ditto. I'm sure it's a fine program, but I, too, get lost with the
> ncurses interface of aptitude. (I actually found dselect easier to get
> around in. What?!!)
Sorry for the me too, but I was just about to say that.
I've no trouble with either at the command line. The *curses
interface is highly non-intuitive (IMO). It, along with dselect, has
always struck me as just a little Martian. That's fine in vi or emacs
that you use all the time (so you learn it), but in a pkg mgr?
I liked dselect once I banged my head on it long enough. Nowadays, I
manage to limit myself to CLI aptitude, with very infrequent
indulgences in dpkg.
So, Daniel, _consider_ (thanks :-) a wholesale interface re-design
(you've free rein), or offer choice of old or new via command line
switch, or something, a la view vs. vi? IFF "--new" is found on CL,
give 'em the new one? What'll the old one say when it sees that?
Hmm. Gotta be a better way. Env. var?
Disclosure; I haven't so much as looked at the *curses interface to
any of it in years, sorry. I could well be p***ng into my hat.
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