how to read aptitude output

Christian Schult cschult at
Wed Sep 28 10:17:39 UTC 2011

Hello Harry,

Harry Putnam wrote:

> can anyone point me to a cheat sheet or the like for understanding
> `aptitude' ouput.
> I grepped the man page on ouput but found nothing of interest.
> I really don't want to read all 900+ lines to find out what the the
> letters at the beginning of the lines mean.
> Yeah `i' is self explanatory... but thats about it.
> What does `c' or `u' mean... is there a list somewhere that tells what
> they all mean?

You can run aptitude, press F1 or ? and scroll to the bottom.



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