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Re: the new apt-get recommendation

On Sat, 05 Feb 2011 10:22:23 -0500, Kete wrote:

> Hello, why have the authors of the Debian 6 release notes chosen to
> recommend apt-get? Just a few months ago, I read some other official
> documentation recommend aptitude. Why is Debian flip flopping? Now, I
> have to learn apt's commands, and already, an apt-cache search doesn't
> tell me which packages are installed.

It is explained in the same release notes:


4.4. Upgrading packages

The recommended way to upgrade from previous Debian GNU/Linux releases is 
to use the package management tool apt-get. In previous releases, 
aptitude was recommended for this purpose, but recent versions of apt-get 
provide equivalent functionality and also have shown to more consistently 
give the desired upgrade results. 

I can tolerate that "waving movement" if the change provides higher 
consistency to the upgrading process.



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