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Re: debian installation help

On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 11:50:00PM +0100, Sven Joachim wrote:

> Please, PLEASE don't suggest dselect to new users of Debian.  They will
> run away in horror and tell everyone how terrible system Debian is.

Well, I did run away in horror from aptitude. I tried it, but I wasn't
able to figure out how to get it to do what I wanted, and it
apparently kept trying to do all kinds of things I didn't tell it to

It was yast on Suse after 6.2 that made me switch to Debian because
yast kept doing things I didn't want it to do, and it finally managed
to remove qmail which I had spend a lot of work on to install it and
get it to work by myself, without even asking me. Aptitude seems to be
the same.

Same way I'm not using the automatic configuration for Exim when I
actually want to use Exim; it's totally confusing. Copying over the
example configuration and adjusting it is *way* easier than trying to
figure out how to use the automatic configuration --- and it has the
advantage that you always know how Exim is configured.

> Besides, the only access method in dselect that is known to be
> non-broken is the apt access method.

Then it should work when he updates /etc/apt/sources.list and reads
the package descriptions by means dselct, as described, shouldn't it?
As far as I understand it, apt-cdrom (or how it's called) *is* an apt
access method.

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