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    Apt-get moo
    Submitted by Netsnipe on Sunday, February 25, 2001 – 13:15
    The Advanced Package Tool (APT) release 0.5, (though much debate reigns over the true meaning of APT even among the Debian developers) has begun to hit the unstable trees of various Debian servers. Run apt-get and you’ll notice that “This APT has Super Cow Powers.” The bovine conspiracy that is the the APT Development Team certainly has a right to deem this new release of APT as being super. The first update to APT since October last year boasts of several new improvements not to mention an easter egg as well! Work has also begun by Patrick Cole, Randolph Chung and others on replacements for the now broken gnome-apt and console-apt frontends. We’ve even got screen-shots…

    This most notable new feature of APT 0.5 is the automatic configuration of build-dependencies for source packages via apt-get build-dep which will download a source package, satisfy build dependencies, and build it. This will ease the workload of many unofficial back-porters as well as those who like to tweak otherwise standard setups of packages that may not otherwise take full advantage of other optional components.

    Not that back-porters that have become prominent in the Potato-using community need to continue much of their work once APT 0.5 makes a stable release as APT will incorporate a pinning feature. This will to allow users for the first time to easily install packages from another tree different from the one that is installed on their box. For example, apt-get install
    will installs unstable’s version of mozilla onto a testing or stable system.

    The apt-utils package has also been updated for 0.5 as well and includes the useful, “all dancing all singing FTP archive maintenance program” apt-ftparchive that many administrators who maintain several Debian machines on their network would find helpful as it can generate a Package files from a tree of .debs Sources files from a tree of .dscs. It should also be noted that this release marks the first time that APT can support IPv6 FTP.

    In other news, APT 0.5 which relies on a newer version of libraries has broken the defunct gnome-apt and more recently released console-apt, but rest assured that replacements are already in the works as you can see from the below of the next release of deity codenamed Platypus, a GTK-based frontend for APT, which is still very experimental.

    The Main Window for Platypus 0.8g1

    The interactive sources.list editor of Platypus 0.8g

    Control panel

    Comment viewing options:

    Select your prefered way to display the comments and click ‘Update settings’ to activate your changes.

    Subject: Re: Apt-get moo
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Thursday, 2001/03/01 – 11:09
    I’m sorry, where can we download deity? I loved stormpkg and was quite unhappy when:

    1) Stormix went belly-up
    2) stormpkg broke with the new apt..

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    Subject: Re: Apt-get moo
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Saturday, 2001/03/03 – 17:43
    export CVSROOT=:pserver:anonymous@cvs.debian.org:/cvs/deity
    cvs co capt
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    Subject: Re: Apt-get moo
    Author: pflipp
    Date: Tuesday, 2001/02/27 – 23:13
    Just wondering (like, I guess, everyone else) how red-carpet compares to/ uses/ duplicates apt. I know it’s a GUI-only thing at least for now, but I’m just wondering how well it’s integrated into a Debian system or how much of the effort it duplicates.



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    Subject: Re: Apt-get moo
    Author: Joy
    Date: Monday, 2001/02/26 – 14:21
    BTW “platypus” is the latest capt from CVS…
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    Subject: Re: Apt-get moo
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Monday, 2001/02/26 – 06:55
    Super Cow al rescate!!!
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    Subject: Re: Apt-get moo
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Monday, 2001/02/26 – 14:12
    Did Stormpkg has been GPL’ed just before Stormix gone bankrupt ?
    It’s exactly the same GUI ! I loved it a lot, so it might be great !
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    Subject: Re: Apt-get moo
    Author: Joy
    Date: Tuesday, 2001/02/27 – 12:26

    % apt-cache show stormpkg | grep ^Section

    Section: admin

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    Subject: Novel Idea
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Monday, 2001/02/26 – 18:45
    From what I’ve read, yes it is GPL’ed. That is a great idea they should really latch onto. Why all of these different gui’s being developed when one already exists that could be built upon? Hmmmm.

    Also, it would be very handy if someone would create an upgrade script or howto in order to convert a redhat, mandrake, etc. distro install to debian. I think that would get more converts if there were an automated conversion utility. That’s where some time should be invested. Then people wouldn’t have an excuse to use debian if their rpm db is converted to a dpkg database and they could run with just installing minimal debian pkgs. Wow, that would be very nice for debian-would-bes.

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    Subject: Re: RH to Debian
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2001/02/28 – 14:55
    This guide comes from a ppc perspective but should work as well.


    It’s more of a reinstall over the current system, but for a while, the only way to get Debian on a nubus Mac. Now there is a nubus Mac ram disk http://www.symsys.com/~ingram/hardware/powermac/potato-install.html. And kernel 2.4 as well http://nubus-pmac.sourceforge.net/.


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    Subject: Re: Novel Idea
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2001/02/28 – 04:07
    FWIW, deity-gtk actually was written before stormpkg was released, but we’ve been following apt 0.4/0.5 development so couldn’t release anything until apt0.5 was released.
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    Subject: Re: Novel Idea
    Author: sharkey
    Date: Tuesday, 2001/02/27 – 20:25
    A Red Hat to Debian HOWTO was actually written for the Hamm release, but I dont think it’s been updated recently.

    Here’s the link:

    MINI-HOWTO to convert from Red Hat 5+ to Debian 2.0.

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    Subject: Re: Novel Idea
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2001/02/27 – 16:32
    That is not a fesable idea. You might as well just backup /home and reinstall cause none of the stuff on a redhat system is going to convert to debian and still follow policy to any degree.
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