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Debian GNU/Linux FAQ
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8.2.1 aptitude

APT is an advanced interface to the Debian packaging system. It features complete installation ordering, multiple source capability and several other unique features, see the User's Guide in /usr/share/doc/apt-doc/guide.html/index.html (you will have to install the apt-doc package).

aptitude is the recommended package manager for Debian GNU/Linux systems. It is a text-based interface to APT using the curses library, and can be used to perform management tasks in a fast and easy way.

Before you can use aptitude, you'll have to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file to set it up. If you wish to upgrade to the latest stable version of Debian, you'll probably want to use a source like this one:

     https://http.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free

You can replace http.us.debian.org with the name of a faster Debian mirror near you. See the mirror list at https://www.debian.org/misc/README.mirrors for more information.

More details on this can be found in the sources.list(8) manual page.

To update your system, run

     aptitude update

followed by

     aptitude dist-upgrade

Answer any questions that might come up, and your system will be upgraded. See also aptitude, Section 7.1.3.


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