how to read aptitude output

Harry Putnam harry.put3 at
Wed Sep 28 10:21:09 UTC 2011

Christian Schult <cschult at> writes:

> 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.

Thanks, its always so embarringly simple when you see the clue.

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