Re: Maze of Twisty Turny Little Package Managers

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On 11/30/06 10:50, Ralph Katz wrote:
On 11/29/2006 08:50 PM, Osamu Aoki wrote:
On 11/17/2006 01:30 PM, Russell L. Harris wrote:
Meanwhile, Debian installs "synaptic" by default. Use synaptic
instead of aptitude.


Au contraire... The docs are quite explicit about this: use *aptitude*.
4.4 Upgrading packages

The recommended way to upgrade from previous Debian GNU/Linux releases
is to use the package management tool aptitude. This program makes safer
decisions about package installations than running apt-get directly.

4.4.2 Upgrading aptitude

Upgrade tests have shown that etch's version of aptitude is better at
solving the complex dependencies during an upgrade than either apt-get
or sarge's aptitude. It should therefore be upgraded first [...]

Aptitude is very aggressive and usually wrong about removing other
"unneeded" apps when you remove one app. Maybe this only happens
when you start out using apt-get, but is nonetheless very
aggravating and disconcerting. Thus, I stick with apt-get.

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are mud people.
However, that "common sense" is obviously wrong.
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