[Aptitude-devel] Bug#695205: Bug#695205: aptitude install name_of_the_missing_file should find the package of name_of_the_missing_file and install it

Daniel Hartwig mandyke at gmail.com
Sat Dec 8 02:53:55 UTC 2012

On 5 December 2012 20:59, Ole Tange <ole at tange.dk> wrote:
> $ apt-file search libglut.so.3
> freeglut3: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglut.so.3
> freeglut3: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglut.so.3.9.0
> $ sudo aptitude install freeglut3

Clear and concise.  No confusion over what you meant with /these/ commands.

> It would be nice if I did not have to go through apt-file to locate
> the package, but that I instead simply could do:
> $ sudo aptitude install libglut.so.3

Whats that?  Is the argument a package name, some missing file you
like, something else?  This is no longer clear.

Thanks for the suggestion.  It does not improve on the situation
significantly to justify having more complex features of aptitude to
maintain.  The existing composition of tools is short, clear, and
provides a well-defined separation of concerns; these are all ideal

Leaving the report open for comment.  It will be closed in the near future.


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