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Announcement aptdaemon 0.10


I am glad to announce aptdaemon: It is a DBus controlled and PolicyKit
using package management daemon build on python-apt.

If the above description reminds you of PackageKit you won't be
completely wrong. Aptdaemon reuses some design concepts and code from
PackageKit. As the author of the PackageKit apt backend I run into some
policy problems: PackageKit only allows non-interactive actions. So
there is no support for debconf, CDROMs and configuration conflict
handling. Nevertheless thanks to Richard Hughes for his efforts on
making package management less of a pain.

Aptdaemon already provides the following features:

* DBus interface with DBus activation and idle time out

* PolicyKit authorization allowing e.g. desktop user to update the cache
  (check for updates) passwordlessly

* Transaction based: Atom actions, e.g. installing packages, are queued
  for processing.

* Controlling terminal to apt and dpkg calls. Furthermore a
  non-interactive fallback mode

* Install packages from repositories or local file system, remove 
  packages, update the cache and (safe) upgrade your system

* Canceling of downloads and not yet processed transactions
* Localisation

* Python client library and GTK widgets

* An example GTK (aptd-gtk-demo) and command line application (aptdcon)

Here you can find a screencast showing most of the above issues:


The project is hosted at Launchpad: http://launchpad.net/aptdaemon

To get the latest code type: 

bzr branch lp:aptdaemon

Ubuntu Jaunty packages can be found in the PPA:


A package for Debian can be found here, but you need python-apt from


There are still a lot of things to do and work on. Especially
integrating a not yet written DBus empowered debconf frontend.

Feel free to submit comments, bugs and code!



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