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Re: Anybody know why aptitude is not installed by default in Sid?

On Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:52:37 -0700
Rick Thomas <rbthomas@pobox.com> wrote:

> As shown below, aptitude has been progressively downgraded from
> “important” in oldstable (Wheezy) to “standard” in stable (Jessie),
> “standard” in testing (Stretch) and finally to “optional” in unstable
> (Sid)

> And exim4 has gone from “standard” in all versions (at least those I
> have access to) before testing to “optional” in testing and above.
> I have a small script I run after finishing any install that loads
> and configures several packages that I use regularly but are not
> included in a standard install.  It just got a whole lot bigger!
> Sigh!
> Rick

To be honest, I see no reason at all why two package managers needed to
be included in standard install. If you aren't happy with apt-get, just
apt-get install aptitude. It seems beyond question to me that having
bare minimum to start with and adding things you need from there is
a much cleaner and better way of doing things than having several tools
with the same function and having to get rid of one. So a very sensible
change, I only wonder what was the thinking behind the initial approach.
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

Best wishes,
Alex S.

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