[Beowulf] Parallel Development Tools

Geoff Jacobs gdjacobs at gmail.com
Wed Oct 17 07:24:18 PDT 2007

andrew holway wrote:
> Not a fan of aptitude, Like command line me :)
> On 17/10/2007, Tim Cutts <tjrc at sanger.ac.uk> wrote:
>> On 17 Oct 2007, at 10:30 am, andrew holway wrote:
>>> Apt-cache with a bit of grep is a powerful tool indeed.
>>> $apt-cache search foo | grep bar
>>> everyone I work with however prefers yum. They regard Debian as being
>>> a bit backward.
>> I'm not familiar with yum, so I can't really comment.  However, apt-
>> cache is of course the "previous" generation of package management
>> tools, and these days aptitude is recommended instead.  I guess you
>> could say that apt-{get,cache} are to aptitude as apt-rpm was to
>> yum.  I guess these things are always likely to leap-frog each other,
>> as each distro sees what's good and bad in the current tools
>> available with other distros, and copies/improves those features as
>> appropriate.
>> I've been reading the aptitude documentation this morning, as it
>> happens, and there's all sorts of useful stuff it can do above what
>> apt-cache could manage, and it's solved a number of long-standing
>> problems I've had...  in particular its search functionality is
>> *much* improved over apt-cache.
>> Tim

$ aptitude help

It's all there.

Geoffrey D. Jacobs

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