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Aptitude vs. apt-get: Which is the recommended (aka the "right") tool to use?

Aptitude vs. apt-get: Which is the recommended (aka the "right") tool to use?

Some time ago I read that aptitude is the preferred tool for installation on Debian-based systems. But when you search around on how to administer a Debian-based system, then aptitude is rarely mentioned. Most people seem to prefer apt-get - and that's even true for the Debian wiki pages!

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"According to the Debian GNU/Linux FAQ about package management, aptitude is more complex than apt-get and depends on the less complex package management tools apt-get and dpkg.

Therefore, for simpler needs, you can use the simpler tools, while for more complex needs, you can count on the more sophisticated tool (apitude).

Quoted from the Debian FAQ: ""aptitude provides the functionality of dselect and apt-get, as well as many additional features not found in either program."""