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Re: Sid update would like to remove most xorg packages and drivers

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 13:11, Nick Lidakis <nlidakis@verizon.net> wrote:
> Sven Joachim wrote:
>> On 2009-04-09 21:21 +0200, Nick Lidakis wrote:
>>> Doing a dselect update and dselect install to day gives me the following:
>> Why do you use dselect to manage upgrades?  IMO, that is a nice way to
>> torture yourself.
> Thanks for the heads up. What is the best way to manage upgrades on a Sid
> desktop?

Personally, I always use aptitude in interactive (ncurses) mode, and I think
it is especially useful in Sid. Once you learn the keys a little bit,
it is very fast
and easy, and helps prevent accidental removals, installs, etc.

up arrow / k - up the list
down arrow / j - down the list
enter - expand/collapse section, view package details
q - escape/back/quit

(quitting aptitude without enacting the changes dumps all changes, if
you mess up and get a bunch of broken packages, you can fix it manually
or just quit and restart)

minus key - remove
plus key - install/upgrade
underscore - purge
equals key - hold

(you can set these on package categories, as well as individual packages ,
e.g. press "+" on the "upgradeable packages" category, or "=" on, say, the
perl sub-category)

slash - search forward
backslash - search backwards
b - goto next broken package
n - next (depends on what you did; next search result,  next broken package)

u - update package list
g - go; from package listing, takes you to a list of what will be done
   (held, installed, removed, upgraded, downgraded), press g again
   to initiate those actions.

Kelly Clowers

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