[lug] can't install KDE on my Debian machine due to libasound1 - help!

Nate Duehr nate at natetech.com
Thu Aug 16 14:43:56 MDT 2001

I like dselect too... the single key mappings are a little odd (why "="
means "HOLD PACKAGE" I'll never understand) but once you learn them,
dselect is a great way to manage packages on a Debian box. 

I also *do* like doing a quick apt-get update; apt-get upgrade when
security announcements come out too, though.  And the new apt-get
build-dep <package> feature in the unstable version of apt is REALLY 
nice.  Just run that do an apt-get source <package> and compile... it's
nice tight useful software...

Three commands to download a package and all necessary libraries and
build a new .deb file... that's CLASSY!  Of course needing to build from
source is a rare event also because most of the package maintainers
really work hard on having realistic and well-thought-out default builds
and configurations.

On Thu, Aug 16, 2001 at 08:25:05AM -0600, J. Wayde Allen wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Aug 2001, Nate Duehr wrote:
> > One other thought.  Try using dselect instead of apt-get -- apt-get
> > screws up "suggests" and other dependency issues from time to time.  It
> > was never truly meant to be the "official" way to handle package
> > management on a Debian system, but people whine and complain about
> > dselect's user interface (without providing patches).  :-)
> Guess I'm kind of strange.  I actually LIKE dselect, and can't say I've
> really understood the problem with it.
> It is psuedo-graphical in that it provides you a list of package names.  
> To install the package you highlight it with the arrow keys and press "+"
> to uninstall you press "-".  Seems fairly straight forward to me.  Even
> better it will give you a description in the bottom half of the screen
> when you highlight the package name.  This is the default behavior, and
> I've found that to be a nice way to learn what some of these packages
> actually do.
> However, I do find that the split screen display is kind of hard to read.  
> It gives you too much information on a single screen.  The solution to
> this is turning off the pacakage info, split screen display (shift-i).  
> The shift-i is a toggle of the display info mode, and will turn it on,
> off, and cycle between detailed and summary info.  Also, dselect isn't
> really designed as an X-display, so running it in a text terminal window
> also makes the most sense.
> I don't have a good answer for the original poster.  It sounds like a
> broken package.  I've seen that happen several times.  Trying the dselect
> approach would certainly be worth a shot.
> - Wayde
>   (wallen at lug.boulder.co.us)
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