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Re: apt vs aptitude (was ... Re: non-stable packages infestation)

I think the reason some prefer apt is that aptitude has more finely grained dependency handling and the dependencies have grown tremendously over the years (over 40,000 discrete packages now). Even though apt will not break anything, it's never a bad idea to use aptitude as it always offer solutions. It's slower to search than apt-cache but it is much more powerful in searching. Aptitude does a LOT more than apt-get. It like an apt-*

I really use them interchangeably, and synaptic and other tools as well. It really doesn't matter.

But here's a copy / paste of the major differences:

Tim Kelley

On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 7:21 AM, Francisco M Neto <fmneto@gmail.com> wrote:
I actually miss the good'ol days of dselect. Apart from that I've been using a combination of apt for small tasks and synaptic for large numbers of packages.

On 04/27/2015 08:21 AM, Teresa e Junior wrote:
On Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:40:37 +0100, Lisi Reisz wrote:
On Monday 27 April 2015 11:35:42 Chris Bannister wrote:
On Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 03:22:33AM -0300, Teresa e Junior wrote:
On Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:16:24 -0400, Kynn Jones wrote:
I'm considering going back to apt, even though most of the advice I've
read on apt vs aptitude leans in favor of the latter. After this
experience, I've lost trust in aptitude.

Probably old advice, apt is the most recommended nowadays.

I don't think that is true at all.

Agreed.  There are pros and cons.  I like and use aptitude.

Yeah, I thought I read somewhere that aptitude is not recommended anymore, but looking back, what really happened is that I had many negative experiences with aptitude (it would always try to uninstall packages installed by apt), so the right sentence would be "apt is the most recommended nowadays by me"®

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