Using apt-get [Was:Re: tool used to download packages?]

Derek Broughton news at
Thu Feb 8 13:35:48 UTC 2007

James Heaver wrote:

> On 08/02/07, Joe Hart <j.hart at> wrote:
>> I'm not one of the developers, but I can say why automatix and
>> easy-ubuntu are frowned upon by so many.  They install software from
>> third party repositories.  They also use apt-get, which while a fine
>> tool, does not track the dependencies that get installed, so removing
>> the apps will not remove the dependencies.
> I've been installing most software (any specific program I find) using
> 'apt-get install whatever'.
> Does this mean I shouldn't have been doing that?

I wouldn't.  If you want to go command-line (I do all my updating via the
command line), use aptitude.
> All instructions for things I see seem to give you an apt-get line to
> run...

Yeah, it's very annoying.  aptitude is generally command-line compatible,
and tracks the automatically installed packages.

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