The Debian GNU/Linux FAQ
Chapter 7 - The Debian package management tools
7.1 What programs does Debian provide for managing its packages?
There are multiple tools that are used to manage Debian packages, from graphic
or text-based interfaces to the low level tools used to install packages. All
the available tools rely on the lower level tools to properly work and are
presented here in decreasing complexity level.
It is important to understand that the higher level package management tools
dselect rely on
which, itself, relies on
dpkg to manage the packages in the
HOWTO for more information about the Debian package management
utilities. This document is available in various languages and formats, see
the APT HOWTO
entry on the DDP Users' Manuals overview.