Potato->woody upgrade fails
grail at goldweb.com.au
Sat Nov 9 14:01:55 EST 2002
Matthew Hawkins wrote:
> dselect has an intuitive user interface with
> excellent dependency handling ...
Assuming you really *want* to install all the "suggested" stuff by
default. Then of course you'll install one package, and dselect will
say "But you haven't selected to install these packages that that one
depends on!" and you get caught up in the endless dependency tree of
death. By the time you get through it all, you've forgotten which
package you were actually trying to install (objoke:alligators, swamp).
apt-get is smart enough to realise that if you really want to install
the package, you're going to say "yes" to all the dependencies anyway,
so it lists all the extra packages it's about to install for you. The
only times I've had problems with apt-get is when packages were broken
in the Debian distribution (classic example is upgrading from one
version of a package to another, the new package didn't properly list
dependency on a new version of a library, usually fixed within 6 hours,
but 6 hours during which my workmates would laugh and say PEBCAK).
dselect has an interface only a mother could love.
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