Aptitude (was: how to put packages on hold -- permanently)
On 2009-12-30 03:32 (-0600), Stan Hoeppner wrote:
> I started using aptitude after upgrading from Etch to Lenny. I now use
> it exclusively instead of apt-*. It's much more powerful and user
> friendly, and the package search function returns more relevant and
> limited results. For instance
> :/$ aptitude search postf
> :/$ apt-cache search postf
> aptitude only returns packages whose name contains "postf"
Obviously the relevance depends on your search terms - and aptitude has
more advanced search engine. For example, with
aptitude search '~dpostf'
aptitude search '?description(postf)'
you can search regexp "postf" from packages' descriptions. With
aptitude search '~Pmail-transport-agent'
aptitude search '?provides(mail-transport-agent)'
you can list packages which "Provides" meta package
See "Table 2.1" in /usr/share/aptitude/README file.
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