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Re: Benefits (and risks) of using Sid

On Fri, 2008-08-08 at 06:58 -0700, Daniel Burrows wrote:
> 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.
>   Daniel


I would suggest you use EMACS as a front end.

Sorry, I could not resist.  I know, that would be the opposite of what
you suggest you want to do.  I am looking forward to test driving this
new interface.

Damon L. Chesser

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