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Re: update hell

On Wed, 1 Aug 2018 21:05:48 -0400
Default User <hunguponcontent@gmail.com> wrote:

> Deep thoughts:
> Debian docs seem to say that apt-get is best for significant upgrades.
> Why?

Because it handles large numbers of simultaneous package upgrades

> But that aptitude is best for daily package management.
> Why?

Because it has more intelligent dependency handling, and will offer
various partial solutions when apt-get will just want to remove large
numbers of packages. When faced with hundreds of packages to sort out
dependencies for, aptitude can take a very long time to find an
answer, by which I mean hours rather than minutes.

> So, if apt-get is for non-trivial upgrades, then why not for daily
> use?
> And if aptitude is preferred for daily, use, why not for serious
> upgrades?
> Not efficient to have multiple choices. Debian, please choose one and
> deprecate the others.
> I patiently await your hate mail.

It *is* efficient to have more than one alternative. It is not
efficient to have more than one *identical* alternative, and the
various Debian package tools are not identical. Should there be only
one web browser, only one email client, etc? Only one operating system?


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