making deborphan obsolete?

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at
Tue Apr 11 21:06:49 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-04-11 at 22:31 +0200, Lutzer wrote:
> But I'm not sure about the purpose of Aptitude. Is it a
> replacement for apt-get/cache or is the goal to provide a terminal
> based
> frontend to compete with e.g. Synaptic? 

This is a misconception furthered by the fact that apt-get has been
around for a long time, and alternatives took some time to be developed.
Apt-get never was intended to be used by users in the first place; it
was always the plan to provide friendlier tools. This is the first
section of the apt-get manpage:

apt-get is the command-line tool for handling packages, and may be
considered the  user’s  "back-end"  to  other  tools  using  the  APT
library.  Several "front-end" interfaces exist, such as dselect(8),
aptitude, synaptic, gnome-apt and wajig.

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