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Re: Benefits (and risks) of using Sid

On Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 03:11:39AM +0200, "s. keeling" <keeling@nucleus.com> was heard to say:
> 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?

  Are there any terminal applications that you think are not Martian?  I
don't have a good handle on what you mean there.  If you just mean that
you have to learn the keystrokes ... that's probably not going to
change; with the limited screen real estate on a terminal, I can't
afford to put in buttons on everything.

> 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?

  One of my active anti-goals is making aptitude the best package
manager after you enter 500 configuration options to enable all the
useful features.  (hello, mutt)  The new code will be the default
behavior, with configuration options to selectively re-enable old
behavior for people who prefer it.  c.f. the change in the behavior
of the installation commands several years ago.


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