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Old 07-06-2007, 04:24 AM   #1
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Questions about Aptitude

I've read that Aptitude should be used to install programs because it removes all the dependencies on an uninstall, while Synaptic and apt-get doesn't. Isn't apt-get and Aptitude the same thing? I'm running Mepis 6.5.02 with KDE 3.5. I can't even figure out how to launch Aptitude. Tried Cntl/F2, Konsole and Run. How do you launch it? Thanks.
Old 07-06-2007, 04:41 AM   #2
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run the "aptitude" command from bash prompt
try "man aptitude"
it it tells the command doesn't exist, install it with "apt-get install aptitude"
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Damn, it worked. So the "apt" in apt-get isn't an abbreviation of Aptitude. They are two distinct programs? Thanks.
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There is even a graphical frontend to aptitude, at least on Debian. It could come in handy if you don't know the exact name of whatever you're looking for; it's not as convenient as Synaptic, though.
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I found aptitude difficult too; sometimes I just don't want to remove the dependencies (also), but it tried to do it damn.

apt-get moo
aptitude moo
aptitude -v moo
aptitude -vv moo
aptitude -vvv moo
aptitude -vvvv moo
aptitude -vvvvv moo
aptitude -vvvvvv moo


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