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

On Mon, 2 Nov 2015 09:27:42 +0200
Alex Moonshine <moonshine@openmailbox.org> wrote:

> 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.

Not in the base system, no, but I'd expect it to be included in any
system which might be used by newcomers to Linux. A lot of Internet
sites include installation instructions using aptitude, without
mentioning any alternatives, or even that there are any. Similarly, a
desktop system other than a minimalist one should include Synaptic.


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