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Re: Is apt-get still the cool package installer?

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I'll look into aptitude and synaptic.  I knew there were other
comand line tools, but couldn't remember the names.

apt-get has become very annoying lately.  It seems that it can't
handle dependencies as well, leaving me to install software by hand
with 'dpkg -i'.  Sometimes, it can't even find the package at all.

Now it wants me to 'apt-get autoremove' telling me that "The
following packages were automatically installed and are no longer
required:" and then provides a long list containing predominately
packages that I use on a daily basis.  It looks like apt-get is
daring me to hose my system.

I just want to find something better.  I have nothing against dpkg
other than that I have to resolve the dependency issues myself.  I
still run apt-get update to make sure security patches are in
place; I do wish that it was the tool I remembered it being years

Thanks for the tips!
On Mon, 14 Dec 2009 19:24:36 -0600 Celejar <celejar@gmail.com>
>On Mon, 14 Dec 2009 17:13:22 -0800
>John Jason Jordan <johnxj@comcast.net> wrote:
>> On Mon, 14 Dec 2009 18:21:34 -0600
>> sys49152@hushmail.com dijo:
>> >For several years, I have enjoyed apt-get as a very powerful
>> >software install tool that doesn't require a mouse, but I have
>> >finding it increasingly problematic over the past year or so.
>I am
>> >beginning to suspect that apt-get is becoming aged and
>> >Is there a newer/more modern package tool that has been getting
>> >more development attention that I should be using instead?
>> But all the people in the know about Debian tell me I should be
>using aptitude.
>> I suppose I should switch, but that would require learning new
>stuff. After a
>> graduate degree my brain is full, so if I learn new stuff I'll
>have to delete
>> some of the old stuff. Bah.
>"Note that aptitude is the preferred program for package
>from console both for package installations and package or system
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