[GNC-dev] Wiki Building Instructions Reorganization

Adrien Monteleone adrien.monteleone at lusfiber.net
Sun Sep 23 13:40:02 EDT 2018

Don’t confuse the user land tool ‘apt’ that was introduced with 16.04 with the lower level ‘apt’ that aptitude is a front-end for. They aren’t the same thing.

The naming choice is unfortunate and there is little out there on the web explaining this. Most searches for how to use the newer ‘apt’ end up returning results for aptitude and apt-get as ’newer’ methods. (though it is the other way around)

I’m not sure if it was backported to 14.04, but since it isn’t available by default, I’d say just stick with apt-get at least until April when 14.04 will be deprecated, then review what the remaining debian derivatives are using.


> On Sep 22, 2018, at 3:19 PM, davidcousens49 at gmail.com wrote:
> Geert,
>> I would only do so if all the distro releases we still care 
>> to support in the debian-sphere ship this tool. If not, I would be tempted to 
>> stick with apt-get for now and revise this in the future. For example does 
>> Ubuntu 14.04 already ship the apt tool ? Does Ubuntu 16.04 ?
> From 16.04 forward Ubuntu ships with apt rather than apt-get as the preferred mpackage manager and Linux Mint from 18. 
> aptitude is preferred for debian but it is only a user friendly front end to apt and apt-get is still in the kit on
> Debian as well. All have the GUI based front end in Synaptic as well. Ubuntu and Linux Mint also ship with aptitude
> included as well. The install and remove commands are the same as apt & apt-get but some other options are different.
> apt-get is also really only a setup tool to handle dependencies for dpkg which does the real work. As far as I know apt
> and aptitude are similarly front ends for dpkg. I don't think we need to go that deeply though. Many distributions also
> have a Software manager GUI which can also handle most tools and libraries and that is possible preferrable for new
> users with the shell commands as a fall back
> Perhaps a table of the package managers vs Distributions?
> Could also do the same for the dependencies and table the package names where known with blanks to be filled in by
> users.
> Cheers
> David
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