When you run
aptitude with an unrecognized command or with the
--help flag, you get a screen briefly describing all the kinds of operations
aptitude can perform. At the end, it says:
This aptitude does not have Super Cow Powers.
Since you're getting this text (the whole thing, not just the Super Cow Powers thing) while presumably trying to perform some real operation, this means you've mistyped your command. We can't give you more specific information unless you show us exactly what you're entering into the Terminal to produce this message.
This is not about the Super Cow Powers. That's just the final line of the long message you get when you tell
aptitude to do something it doesn't know how to do.
While I cannot tell you exactly what you should have typed because I don't know what you did type, I can provide more information about Super Cow Powers, which hopefully will address the confusion surrounding this (intentionally silly) term.
Super Cow Powers is a term for an easter egg in apt-get (see also APT). There are related easter eggs in aptitude. See this article and this other article.
ek@Apok:~$ apt-get moo
/ | ||
...."Have you mooed today?"...
ek@Apok:~$ aptitude moo
There are no Easter Eggs in this program.
ek@Apok:~$ aptitude -v moo
There really are no Easter Eggs in this program.
ek@Apok:~$ aptitude -vv moo
Didn't I already tell you that there are no Easter Eggs in this program?
ek@Apok:~$ aptitude -vvv moo
ek@Apok:~$ aptitude -vvvv moo
Okay, okay, if I give you an Easter Egg, will you go away?
ek@Apok:~$ aptitude -vvvvv moo
All right, you win.
ek@Apok:~$ aptitude -vvvvvv moo
What is it? It's an elephant being eaten by a snake, of course.
What it means to say that
aptitude does not have Super Cow Powers is that it does not have the ability to display the Super Cow displayed when you run
apt-get moo. This is one of the very few capabilities present in
apt-get but not in