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Re: Synaptic 0.70: reporting wrong status for package?

On Jo, 01 dec 11, 11:41:01, Brad Rogers wrote:
> On Thu, 1 Dec 2011 04:13:24 -0600
> "Selim T. Erdogan" <selim@alumni.cs.utexas.edu> wrote:
> Hello Selim,
> > I'm not sure what you mean by "install a package outside Synaptic et
> > al" but my experience is that .deb packages installed using just 
> > "dpkg -i ..." are listed in synaptic and dselect.  Or did you mean
> That's right.
> > installing software that is not in a .deb "package"?
> In part, yes.
> Anyhow, I hope you understood that manually installed can refer to .deb
> packages installed using Synaptic.

I'm not very familiar with Synaptic, but I assume it is not much 
different than aptitude. In this case

- manual: packages installed by you and most of the packages installed 
  during system installation

- automatic: packages "pulled-in" by other packages. aptitude removes 
  these automatically as soon as no other package depends on them[1], 
  apt-get has a dedicated comand

- local & obsolete: installed packaged that do not exist in your 
  configured repositories. This can mean the package was installed "by 
  hand" (dpkg -i) or it was removed from the repository

[1] which means in case of circular dependencies they will not be 

Hope this explains,
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