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Re: Packages - what's the best way?

On Sun, Jan 02, 2011 at 10:05:38AM +0000, Lisi wrote:
> On Monday 15 November 2010 03:54:42 Bob Proulx wrote:
> > Rob Hurle wrote:
> > > Does anyone have advice on the best way to handle a .deb package?
> >
> > The easiest way is to not handle .deb files at all.  Instead allow
> > apt-get to install the package and any dependencies from the network.
> I use aptitude at the command line.  aptitude and apt-get seem to leap-frog 
> round each other as to which is "best".  Mostly it is largely a matter of 
> personal choice.
> > Yes.  For Opera on Debian see the instructions on the wiki which go
> > into detail what you should do.
> >
> >   http://wiki.debian.org/Opera
> I use aptitude for this as well.  Opera supplies a debian repository which can 
> be added to your sources list.  Then Opera gets updated by aptitude too.  The 
> only snag to this approach is that it doesn't automatically update its key.
> Lisi

Please note: if I remember correctly, the upgrade procedure from Debian 5.x to Debian 
6.0 will _require_ the use of apt-get for the actual upgrade itself.

When you come to upgrade a machine, PLEASE read the release notes carefully and
follow the commands listed. Doing anything otherwise may result in your machine
being difficult to set up / you may get into a situation where you cannot upgrade
/ downgrade.

Oh, and did I say to please read and follow the upgrade instructions carefully?

All best,


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