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I'm looking for:

  • Alternative package management to be used from my gnome-terminal (text-based method) that can be a candidate to replace apt-get and aptitude.

  • Preferably one with detailed and easily read outputs, reduced command options (like perform update before a search), and go fast enough.

Does any one know a alternative package manager?

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sorry i've always used gui front-ends, because my stance is that production servers should not have older packages....interested to see responses though – RobotHumans Nov 12 '10 at 15:28

The only command line tool for package management that I can think of, other than apt-get and aptitude is dselect install dselect. It provides an interactive (curses?) interface for doing all of the common package management tasks.


It is not installed by default so will need to be installed using one of your existing package installation tools. See man dselect for more details about how to use it.

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i think he is looking for update-alternatives package mgmt tool...can you do this from dselect? – RobotHumans Nov 12 '10 at 16:48
dselect can do all the usual tasks - install, remove, upgrade, update etc. – dv3500ea Nov 12 '10 at 16:58
How can I use update-alternatives to see all alternatives of a command/package? – crncosta Nov 12 '10 at 17:00

There is alternatives.

One of them is wajig >>

Easy to use and have a nice usage experince. You may use like

wajig [option] [command]

for apt-get like usage,

or you may simply use


for doing things in its own console.

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