commandline or gui for package management?

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  1. lodore

    lodore Registered Member

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    Hello,
    i was wondering which method people prefer to use for package management on linux?

    for updates I normally prefer the commandline.

    if I know the name of the package I prefer commandline.

    searching for software and adding repos is easier with gui but i find the gui quite alot slower to load and refresh.
    I am slowing doing all my package management from commandline.
     
  2. chrisretusn

    chrisretusn Registered Member

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    I do this via tha command line only.
     
  3. wat0114

    wat0114 Guest

    The command line is faster and if I know what to type, I'll use it, but I'm still far more comfortable using the gui.
     
  4. zapjb

    zapjb Registered Member

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    I use GUI except when getting drivers or other programs that aren't in the repository.
     
  5. chronomatic

    chronomatic Registered Member

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    I use the command line and then edit .bashrc to give each command a short alias.

    I use Ubuntu, so to update the repos the command is:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    I made an alias, so that all I have to type is

    Code:
    update
    Similarly if I want to search for packages, the normal command is:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get search <keyword>
    I have an alias, so that all I have to type is

    Code:
    search <keyword>
    You can make an alias for any command you choose. You just have to make sure the alias command does not conflict with other bash commands.
     
  6. mack_guy911

    mack_guy911 Registered Member

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    command like is fast and good but problem with command line is it so fast and good that it take all your bandwidth so i prefer gui .....slow but use full i make click on update and let do in background while i surf on net :D

    where if i do same with command like it make browser work so slow :p
     
  7. tlu

    tlu Guest

    Same here. Since I'm a lazy guy, I created the following aliases in ~/.bash_aliases :
    Code:
    alias u="sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get upgrade"
    alias U="sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade"
    alias i="sudo apt-get install"
    alias r="sudo apt-get remove"
    alias s="wajig search"
    alias S="wajig show"
    alias up="sudo apt-get dist-upgrade"
    alias ar="sudo apt-get autoremove"
    So after logon, the first thing I do is to press F12 to open Tilda and execute U. Simple and fast.

    I mostly use Synaptic for this as I find it more comfortable.
     
  8. tlu

    tlu Guest

    There is no apt-get search, IMHO. The search option is only available for apt-cache and apt-file. Or in wajig as suggested above.
     
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