I've looked at an aptitude tutorial and read the man page, but I just don't get it. After you launch aptitude, how do you say "install package foo"? Or search for all packages with "foo" in their name?
After running aptitude, use these key commands as found at Using aptitude GUI style:
The common use of aptitude in TUI (text user interface) is:
Some time when you need to resolve conflicts, you discover that you made a mistake;
you can easily use 'Cancel pending actions' in the 'Actions' menu so that you can re-select.
When reviewing pending actions:
Using aptitude from the command line like apt-get
To install a package on a console run:
To search packages:
For example, let's say you want to install Pidgin
To search for a package, hit
You can use the up- and down-arrow keys for browsing, together with enter for toggling the tree nodes.
When you have found the right package, hit
You can also use enter when on a package to open a window with details of the package.
When there are more than one windows open in aptitude (like the package details and preview windows), you switch between them with
(Before using any of the
To search for a package, use
Then to show all the package information concerning versions and dependencies, type
Then to install it use
However, beyond the standard basic usage of searching, removing, and installing packages,
If you enter
However, on the other hand, if you use