synaptic question - meaning of icons in package list

Ray Parrish crp at
Tue Jan 20 12:22:32 UTC 2009

Chris G wrote:
> Is there anywhere in the Synaptic Help that tells me what the symbols
> in the second column of the package list mean?
> In the first column there's a box which is green if the package is
> installed and has other markings used to indicate packages selected
> for installation etc. (this is documented OK).
> However I can't find anything that tells me what the symbols in the
> column between the box and the package name column mean.
> The particular symbol that's confusing me at the moment is a red and
> orange ring with bits that stick out.
> I *suspect* that it means that the item marked is actually a
> collection of packages but I wish the documentation would tell me that
> (maybe it does, but I can't find it).
See the screenshot at the following link. The last icon on this 
screenshot is the one which I believe you are referring to, and it 
indicates that the "package is supported" which is confusing me... I 
thought all of the packages in the repository were supported. I wonder 
what this further distinction is intended to indicate?


Later, Ray Parrish

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