how do i use apt-get

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Thu Jun 30 00:10:12 UTC 2005

On Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 09:10:53PM +0100, Graham wrote:
> On Wednesday 29 Jun 2005 19:06, Dennis Kaarsemaker wrote:
> > On wo, 2005-06-29 at 17:37 +0100, Graham wrote:
> > > APT stands for the Advanced Package Tool.  Its was originally
> > > developed for rpm systems
> >
> > LOL!
> > Apt is a Debian invention and only since recently, the rpm-based
> > distributions saw the light and ae using it now...
> I stand by what I said because this was a matter of great debate on 
> other Debian user groups, and it was stated definitively that the 
> original intention was to use APT with what became known as rpm 
> systems, but it was not taken up as such.  It was adopted by Debian 
> systems and has been developed primarily by them, only recently being 
> taken up by rpm systems again.

Stated definitively by whom? This is at odds with Debian history.

It may well have been the intent to write APT such that it could
eventually be used with RPM (since RPM was a reasonably well-established
format by the time APT was initially released in 1998), but it was
certainly a Debian project right from the start. If you hunt back
through the archives you'll find many early design discussions about
'deity', its original working name, and still the name of its mailing
list on

When you get things like "The Deity project design document Version
0.01" ( talking
about it being intended as a replacement for dselect, I think that's
fairly definitive. :-) Debian created APT; they did not merely adopt it.


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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