making deborphan obsolete?

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Apr 12 13:22:02 UTC 2006

John L Fjellstad wrote:

> Lutzer <M.Lutzer at> writes:
>> IMHO such a feature should be implemented in apt-get to avoid
>> reimplemenation in aptitude, Synaptic, Adept etc.
> I think you are confused about aptitude, synaptic, adept and apt-get.
> They are all just front-ends to dpkg, the packaging system.  None of
> them are using each other, AFAIK.  At least, aptitude is a totally
> separate program from apt-get.  aptitude implements dependency removal,
> apt-get, being an older program, does not.

If you use ps while running any of them, yes, you'll see dpkg is being used. 
However, the GUIs generally do not run dpkg directly.  The only one I
currently use is kpackage, and it _definitely_ uses apt-get.  The last time
I checked, synaptic also used apt-get.  

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