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Funky-Penguin: The Debian Sandwich

Aug 27, 2000, 23:35 (2 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to rob for this link. ]

"What? I hear you all cry. Well let me explain myself, the thing that makes Debian better than sliced bread is the two programs which make Debian, well, Debian. These are dpkg and apt."

"In its simplest form dpkg can be assumed as Debian's version of that other, uh, horrible horrible package format, which will remain nameless. But very few Debian users I know download packages manually and install them using dpkg (whose -i is easier than rpms's (oops) -Uvh), instead of conducting such a laborious task as this by hand, the clever Debian developers came up with apt (Advanced Package Tool). Apt automates the finding, downloading and installation (and the managing of dependancies) of updated and new packages on the system. The normal interface to apt is dselect. Dselect's interface can be awkward and horrible to use if you are new, but soon you'll grow to love it. But first we need to configure apt."

"Apt's configuration is pretty simple and will only take a few moments, the most important thing is to add ftp or http servers to the /etc/apt/sources.list file, you can either do this through dselect in the `[A]ccess' section or by firing up your favourite editor (the light joe in my case) and editing the file by hand..."

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