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Package management using apt-get in Debian

Jan 27, 2000, 06:13 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Mullikin)

"The debian gnu/linux system is probably the best system for those people that like to know what is going on with their computer. Let me tell you about how Debian can keep your computer up to date with all the latest software packages."

"Typically, when you run Linux, you have to upgrade the system yourself. You have to identify those packages that have been updated (which happens often with some packages) and then you have to go to an ftp site or something similiar and do the old download and install. There is nothing wrong with that but is that really realistic for all your time? It would take a long time to do what I did today with Debian on automatic."

"In Debian there is a tool called apt, which stands for A Package Tool. And that is exactly what it is. After fooling around with trying to update packages by running a package installer on single packages at a time I figured that I would give this oft-praised apt tool a ride. It worked so well that I am sitting here with an updated debian slink distribution."

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