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DESCRIPTION Aptitude package system

Aptitude is a text-based interface to the Debian GNU/Linux package system.

It allows the user to view the list of packages and to perform package management tasks such as installing, upgrading, and removing packages. Actions may be performed from a visual interface or from the command-line.

shibu@shibu-laptop:~$ aptitude --help aptitude

       Usage: aptitude [-S fname] [-u|-i]
       aptitude [options] <action> ...
       Actions (if none is specified, aptitude will enter interactive mode):

 install      - Install/upgrade packages
 remove       - Remove packages
 purge        - Remove packages and their configuration files
 hold         - Place packages on hold
 unhold       - Cancel a hold command for a package
 markauto     - Mark packages as having been automatically installed
 unmarkauto   - Mark packages as having been manually installed
 forbid-version - Forbid aptitude from upgrading to a specific package version.
 update       - Download lists of new/upgradable packages
 safe-upgrade - Perform a safe upgrade
 full-upgrade - Perform an upgrade, possibly installing and removing packages
 forget-new   - Forget what packages are "new"
 search       - Search for a package by name and/or expression
 show         - Display detailed information about a package
 clean        - Erase downloaded package files
 autoclean    - Erase old downloaded package files
 changelog    - View a package's changelog
 download     - Download the .deb file for a package
 reinstall    - Download and (possibly) reinstall a currently installed package

 -h             This help text
 -s             Simulate actions, but do not actually perform them.
 -d             Only download packages, do not install or remove anything.
 -P             Always prompt for confirmation or actions
 -y             Assume that the answer to simple yes/no questions is 'yes'
 -F format      Specify a format for displaying search results; see the manual
 -O order       Specify how search results should be sorted; see the manual
 -w width       Specify the display width for formatting search results
 -f             Aggressively try to fix broken packages.
 -V             Show which versions of packages are to be installed.
 -D             Show the dependencies of automatically changed packages.
 -Z             Show the change in installed size of each package.
 -v             Display extra information. (may be supplied multiple times)
 -t [release]   Set the release from which packages should be installed
 -q             In command-line mode, suppress the incremental progress indicators.
 -o key=val     Directly set the configuration option named 'key'
 --with(out)-recommends Specify whether or not to treat recommends as
                strong dependencies
 -S fname       Read the aptitude extended status info from fname.
 -u             Download new package lists on startup.
 -i             Perform an install run on startup.

                  This aptitude does not have Super Cow Powers.


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