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[SLUG] Fwd: What are apt-get/dpkg/dselect? [Was: apt-get weirdness lately]
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- Subject: [SLUG] Fwd: What are apt-get/dpkg/dselect? [Was: apt-get weirdness lately]
- From: Stewart <stewart@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu Mar 27 14:56:02 2003
thanks for the subject change - i should've done that myself. :)
and thanks to all who replied, it's a bit clearer now.
i was getting a bit mystified because 'apt-get install php' wasn't
working for me, where i thought the package name was a sort of wildcard
search, it doesn't seem to be. i fired up dselect and scrolled through
reams of packages and found the php ones (and a bunch of other stuff i
want) and it's downloading now as i type. (looks like i should've said
apt-get install php4...)
yes indeedy, it's a very neat system.
next i get to wrestle with upgrading the kernel because i forgot about
that part post-install - but i think i'll ring the debhead guy i know
and get him to explain it all again to me rather than bothering the
On Thursday, March 27, 2003, at 02:13 PM, Jeff Waugh wrote:
now i'm turning into a debhead, can someone 'please explain' exactly
the difference between apt-get/dpkg/dselect is and how they work
to my mind three commands aint as 'simple elegance' as one rpm one.
Basic package management functions such as install/remove/replace,
At the same level as rpm(1) in the package management stack.
much to write home about; at this level, the interesting
in the actual deb/rpm file formats.
Basic network-aware package installation/management tool which
dependencies and OS-integration. CLI-based, it is basically on the
level as urpmi and up2date, but is arguably more useful (lots of
features that make it 'nice').
An attempt to provide a sensible user interface (ncurses-based) to
package management on apt-based systems.
Another attempt to provide a sensible user interface
package mangement on apt-based systems.
There are lots of other packages that provide what dselect and
designed to, such as synaptic, aptivate, etc., etc... But I don't think
anyone has managed to find the right combination of simplicity and
to steal me away from apt-get. Sad, but true.
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