Bug#617625: apt-get man page should not recommend dselect
The apt-get man page points out that users should use a frontend and lists several, starting with dselect.
A friend was asking me to help clean up the mess that resulted because he followed that recommendation.
It's way to easy to convince dselect to do damage to a system and leave it in an inconsistent state.
Dselect is also a horrible introduction to Debian.
My preference is that dselect disappear from the archive and thus the apt-get man page.
Realistically I'd be happy if we stopped recommending it, either by removing it entirely or explicitly mentioning that it is crufty.
Thanks for your consideration,
-- Package-specific info:
-- /etc/apt/preferences --
pin: release a=unstable
pin: release a=testing
-- (/etc/apt/sources.list present, but not submitted) --
-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
APT prefers oldstable
APT policy: (500, 'oldstable'), (500, 'testing'), (101, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Versions of packages apt depends on:
ii debian-archive-keyring 2010.08.28 GnuPG archive keys of the Debian a
ii gnupg 1.4.10-4 GNU privacy guard - a free PGP rep
ii libc6 2.11.2-7 Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii libgcc1 1:4.5.1-10 GCC support library
ii libstdc++6 4.4.5-8 The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii zlib1g 1:22.214.171.124.dfsg-3 compression library - runtime
apt recommends no packages.
Versions of packages apt suggests:
pn apt-doc <none> (no description available)
ii aptitude 0.6.3-3.2 terminal-based package manager (te
ii bzip2 1.0.5-6 high-quality block-sorting file co
ii dpkg-dev 126.96.36.199 Debian package development tools
ii lzma 4.43-14 Compression method of 7z format in
ii python-apt 0.7.100 Python interface to libapt-pkg
ii synaptic 0.70~pre1+b1 Graphical package manager
-- no debconf information