Most Used Commands

Lonnie Olson lists at
Fri Jun 28 09:40:25 MDT 2013

On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 12:39 AM, S. Dale Morrey <sdalemorrey at> wrote:
> Ok dumb question, but is there a difference between aptitude and apt-get?
> They seem to work equally well.  Why would you choose one over the other,
> except when performing a copy/pasta?

apt-get is the original tool that performs some APT functions.
aptitude came much later using a kitchen-sink style idea, it combines
most of the other misc apt tools into one tool (apt-get, apt-cache,
dselect, etc).  There are a few differences in behavior in regards to
how it handles things like suggested packages (it installs by
default), auto removal of pkgs no longer needed, etc.  But these
differences are minor, and generally helpful.

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