Potato->woody upgrade fails

Rob Weir rweir at softhome.net
Sat Nov 9 08:48:18 EST 2002

On Fri, Nov 08, 2002 at 04:16:35PM +1100, Alex Satrapa wrote:
> Gary Woodman wrote:
> >Dselect has worked well for me in the past, however, I'm happy to use
> >apt-get if it does the job. But I expected that upgrading the whole
> >distribution would produce the most complex ...
> dselect has never worked well for me, ever.  I hate it with a vengeance. 
>  It's slow, ugly and dumb.

ObAptitudeComment:  Give aptitude a try.  It can do everything dselect
can, but with sensible key bindings and without the
'suggestion-psychosis' that dselect is famous for.  It also does nifty
things like remembering if a package was only installed to satisfy a
dependency so it can remove it when it's no longer needed (handy for
getting rid of unneeded libraries).  Very sophisticated searching
abilities, handy reverse dependency info, good support for multiple
package versions, nice tree views...it's the first really good package
manager I've seen (well, apt-get doesn't really count)

> I started my Debian experience with Potato, upgraded to Woody and now to 
> Sid, using only the apt tools.  Works for me.

Worked for me too, back in the day, but apparently apt isn't as clever
as dselect or aptitude when handling Replaces and Conflicts during a
major upgrade.

> Worst thing is that apt and dselect can never agree on what's 
> installed/removed/on hold.  I've always had to do an apt-get 
> update/upgrade immediately after a dselect operation, to prevent things 
> being truly broken.

Sounds like general dselect stupidity.

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