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Re: Benefits (and risks) of using Sid

On Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 07:00:52PM -0400, Damon L. Chesser wrote:
> 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
> Daniel,
> I would suggest you use EMACS as a front end.

oh that's a fabulous idea, but think about it. Something as obscure
and hard to understand  as aptitude is screaming to have vi as a


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