Aptitude installed by default on 13.10?

Jeremy Bicha jeremy at bicha.net
Tue Apr 9 18:25:58 UTC 2013

On 9 April 2013 13:13, J Fernyhough <j.fernyhough at gmail.com> wrote:
> Just from my own humble experience, there have been numerous times when
> aptitude has been able to resolve a package situation that apt-get would
> simply refuse to entertain; apt-get would just say it couldn't do anything
> and exit. While on the one hand this behaviour prevents me from breaking the
> system, if the system does get into a state where further package
> installation is impossible then I can't get out of it. If aptitude wasn't
> already installed at that point I wouldn't be able to install it unless I
> remove the broken package - and as we all know this can result in a lot of
> other dependencies being uninstalled. I can see the goal of preventing the
> system from getting into such a state (e.g. by focussing on installation
> only from the Software Centre), but if I download Skype or Steam from their
> respective websites, and follow their installation instructions, it's easy
> to imagine such a situation occurring.

How recently have you had these dependency problems? You don't have
raring-proposed enabled, do you? (The -proposed repositories for
Ubuntu series' that haven't been released is strongly not recommended
for people to use because of temporary dependency problems and other
issues.) You shouldn't be having dependency problems with the regular
Ubuntu archives and I believe it's a priority bug if you find an issue
like that.


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