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Aptitude : Package Management in Debian Based Operating Systems

Apt, whether it is apt-get or apt-cache, is normally CLI based utility. If you prefer to use graphical environment (GUI), Aptitude is for you. The beauty of Aptitude is that, it can be used both in CLI mode and GUI mode. If it is run without any parameter/argument, it can be operated in GUI mode, CLI mode use of Aptitude is similar to that of apt-get command. There is an alternative to Aptitude if you are more comfortable with GUI mode, it is known as Synaptic. We will limit our discussion up to Aptitude and this article will help you understanding the basic use of Aptitude in GUI mode as well as CLI mode.


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