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DEB hell, just like RPM hell, but with aptitude

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The RPM format was often accused to generate a so-called «dependency hell», pretty much like the «DLL hell» in Windows.

The DEB format is praised to be more intelligent, but I actually felt it's good because of the associated tools: no, not dselect and dpkg, but apt-get (and apt-cache, apt-file) or Synaptic. To make things even better, aptitude is much smarter in solving and fixing broken dependencies.

So they say.

As for myself, I believe that no matter how smart a tool or a file format specification can be, if you don't set the dependencies properly, you're going to hell anyway.

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