synaptic question - meaning of icons in package list

Chris G cl at
Tue Jan 20 12:31:03 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 04:22:32AM -0800, Ray Parrish wrote:
> 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?
> <>
Yes, that's the one, thanks.  Although I agree that what exactly
"package is supported" means is another matter!  :-)

Chris Green

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