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Re: the new apt-get recommendation

I have often read advice to the effect that it is best to choose *ONE*
package-handling strategy (dpkg OR apt-get OR aptitude OR synaptic)
and stick to it -- if only to ensure a consistent system representation
of my package installations history.

In preparing to install a given package, what would alert me that my
strategy of choice -- whichever from above -- is NOT a good idea?

Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:
On Sat, Feb 05, 2011 at 10:22:23AM -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.

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Follow the instructions given for upgrades in the release notes and you should be fine.

Crucially, you may need to upgrade kernel/dpkg/apt/aptitude _FIRST_ or do certain steps
in order. That's normally how it goes. This may depend on appropriate dependency resolution and which of apt / aptitude resolves dependencies best or behaves best in a dist-upgrade situation.

This doesn't mean that you have to use apt ever after, though you will find that both apt and aptitude now share common databases and play nicely together.

Oh, and did I mention to read the release notes and follow them ? :)

Hope this helps,


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