Which tool do you use for package management?

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Which apt tool(s) do you use for package management in Debian?

apt-get
28
40%
aptitude
15
21%
synaptic
11
16%
dselect
2
3%
combination of apt-get + synaptic
14
20%
 
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Which tool do you use for package management?

Postby jobezone » 2005-10-31 22:05

My question is which of the various front-ends and tools for APT do you use to install/update/remove packages in your Debian system?

Myself, since I've reinstalled Debian Sarge a few months ago, I've followed the recomendation I found in its installation manual and exclusively use aptitude. And so far it has been working great. Not only can I use it to install packages in the command line, like apt-get, but I also use its text-frontend to search and browse for packages. Also, the feature of removing unneded packages is nice.

Before, I used a combination of apt-get to install, and Synaptic to browse packages.

Dselect, I _never_ liked, because of its interface!
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Re: Which tool do you use for package management?

Postby geoffb » 2005-11-01 04:37

jobezone wrote:My question is which of the various front-ends and tools for APT do you use to install/update/remove packages in your Debian system?

Myself, since I've reinstalled Debian Sarge a few months ago, I've followed the recomendation I found in its installation manual and exclusively use aptitude. And so far it has been working great. Not only can I use it to install packages in the command line, like apt-get, but I also use its text-frontend to search and browse for packages. Also, the feature of removing unneded packages is nice.

Before, I used a combination of apt-get to install, and Synaptic to browse packages.

Dselect, I _never_ liked, because of its interface!

I used to just use apt-get, but I find Synaptic much more efficient to browse through.
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Postby pigah » 2005-11-01 12:49

long time debian user that could never get used to the intuitive interface of either aptitude or synaptic. once you get the hang of dselect you cant stop.
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Postby Terje » 2005-11-02 22:43

Just apt-get does it all for me :)
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Postby Guest » 2005-12-17 15:16

I usually use apt-get, but I'm starting to use the testing version of kpackage now, and I'm finding it pretty useful.
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Postby AdrianTM » 2005-12-17 15:31

apt-get 99% of the time, only if I need to search something I might start synaptic.
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Postby manny » 2005-12-17 22:31

I just type
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# emerge --update world
and that is all i need to make my computer 1120% faster and it also updates my backyard garbage and make my car 35% faster.
(allright, that was a stupid joke) i voted so fast that i missed "combination of atp+synaptic" just voted for synaptic.
Yesterday i came across "The Emerde Projec" http://emerde.freaknet.org/ seems interesting (maybe) i'm gonna try it on my slackware partition ;)
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Postby Scotti » 2005-12-18 20:39

I use apt-get to install packages, Synaptic for maintanance and package removal.
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Postby mikekgr » 2005-12-18 22:01

wajig guys, see wajig very very nice as text tool (from console)
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Re: Which tool do you use for package management?

Postby jobezone » 2005-12-18 22:35

I think I should have left out the "Synaptic+apt-get" option from the poll :( It makes the results less clear), and should instead ask what is the application you most use for package management....

Oh well :/

Also, you should try adept, it's very cool, and uses Debtags!
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Postby domecq » 2005-12-28 05:44

I use apt-get when doing my stuff and Synaptic when helping people who prefer a GUI.

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Postby adssse » 2006-01-23 02:09

Like many so far I mainly use apt-get. Occasionally I cant remember what a package is called and use Synaptic in order to search for it. I am fairly new to debian and am not sure exactly what the difference between apt-get and aptitude or what the benefits are.
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Postby Lavene » 2006-01-23 04:51

I use mainly apt-get. Every now and then I 'clean' my system by removing stuff I have installed but never use and then I use synaptic. Learning aptitude has been on the agenda for six months but I just never get around to it...

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Postby muskrat » 2006-03-24 22:35

Yesterday i came across "The Emerde Projec" http://emerde.freaknet.org/ seems interesting (maybe) i'm gonna try it on my slackware partition Wink


That looks interesting! I'll have to give it a try, that's one thing Debian always holds over Slackware.

I've used apt for every thing, can't seem to keep dselect from braking my system, I'm sure it's me. for example once I made some bad solection, and presto, deselect uninstalled all of KDE. Now that wasn't what I wanted :(

I have a question about Synaptic, Is it part of the base install of Debian 3.1 or do I need to added it? Question #2, If it's part of base where is it? I've looked in the menu but don't see it in KDE. Question #3 Is it called up from CL? if so whats the command?
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Postby CuCullin » 2006-03-24 22:37

Other.... KPackage. Unless you want to count that as apt-get. At the CLI, I use aptitude like apt-get... ie: aptitude install packagename. I don't like the aptitude ui at all, but someone mentioned somewhere (I forget where) that aptitude was the recommended way of doing things now.
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