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Bug#457995: new update/revision announcement pages confusing about aptitude/apt

Le December 27, 2007 03:26:11 pm Luk Claes, vous avez écrit :
> Philippe Cloutier wrote:
> > Le December 27, 2007 03:12:22 pm Jose Luis Rivas Contreras, vous avez 
écrit :
> >> Philippe Cloutier wrote:
> >>> Package: www.debian.org
> >>> Severity: minor
> >>>
> >>> As its predecessor, http://www.us.debian.org/News/2007/20071227
> >>> contains
> >>>
> >>> Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the
> >>> aptitude (or apt) package tool (see the sources.list(5) manual page) to
> >>> one of Debian's many FTP or HTTP mirrors.
> >>>
> >>> This can confuse readers about what apt and aptitude are, suggesting
> >>> that one can use one or the other. This should probably read "by
> >>> pointing the Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) (see the sources.list(5)
> >>> manual page) to [...]".
> >>
> >> You can use one or the other, depending on which one you prefer to use.
> >
> > Actually, you have to use APT, since aptitude uses APT. The problem is
> > precisely that the announcement suggests that aptitude does not use APT,
> > which is already a common misconception.
> No, aptitude uses libapt... For an enduser he can choose whatever
> package manager to use, though we recommend aptitude (or apt).
I guess I have not been clear enough about the problem.
The announcement says this:
"You can use A or B."
B being a library used by A, users have to use B anyway, the only choice is to 
use A or not. Actually, the choice is which APT front-end to use.

It could also be changed to "pointing your favorite package manager (such as 
aptitude and Synaptic) to [...]" though in reality, you're pointing APT to a 
source, and you're only pointing your package manager to a source indirectly.

The current sentence is a bit like saying that you can use Debian or Linux to 
replace Windows.

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