I've decided that I like aptitude better than all the alternatives I've tried. But I can't figure out how to downgrade/force version of a package with it. I have to go back and use synaptic for that.

How does one use aptitude to downgrade a package?

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Something like this will work:

sudo aptitude install package-name=package-version

For example:

$ aptitude versions firefox$

Package firefox:                         
p   45.0.2+build1-0ubuntu1             xenial                         500 
i   52.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1     xenial-security,xenial-updates 500 


sudo aptitude install firefox=45.0.2+build1-0ubuntu1

And with the GUI:

Downgrade packages with aptitude


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