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Re: Bug#181632: acknowledged by developer (Re: Bug#181632: xserver-xfree86: could not open default font 'fixed')

On Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 10:55:47AM +0000, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 09:06:38PM +1100, Daniel Stone wrote:

> > xserver-xfree86 Recommends: xfonts-base - dselect and aptitude should
> > handle this correctly.

>  apt-get did not.

No, apt-get is an expert's tool, it's not designed for use by the
casual hacker.  If you don't know what you're doing, you should stick
with aptitude or dselect (preferably aptitude).  Otherwise you're
going to have this sort of problem over and over again.

>  i use neither dselect nor aptitude, they are curses / GUI based and
>  therefore confusing to me.

No, both can be used from the command-line like apt-get.  The
curses-based interface is purely optional.  In fact, aptitude can be
used as an exact replacement for apt-get.  It has all the same
commands, plus a few new (and useful) ones.  The main difference is
that aptitude is smarter, and installs recommended and suggested
packages (at least by default -- I configured my copy to ignore

Also aptitude can remember which packages have been installed as
dependencies, so you can say "aptitude install kde", and it will
install all 400 KDE-related packages, and if you decide you don't like
kde, you can say "aptitude remove kde" and all 400 packages will go
away.  That feature alone (which dselect does not have) makes aptitude
worth the price of admission to me.

>   surely this is painful, and because it is painful
>   this issue has not been fixed?

It's only painful for those who refuse to use the tools that make it
easy.  If you insist on using apt-get, when you obviously *don't* know
enough to use it properly, expect no sympathy from anyone.  Apt-get
requires that you check for recommendations manually.  If you're not
willing to do that, don't use apt-get.  It's just that simple.

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