[Aptitude-devel] news about aptitude for the masses.

David Kalnischkies kalnischkies+debian at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 13:37:17 UTC 2012

2012/2/2 shirish शिरीष <shirishag75 at gmail.com>:
> happening/ongoing. Looking forward the new release. Would be
> interested to know if there is some thought/idea of putting
> debdelta-upgrade functionality into aptitude or would it have to await
> its chance at another GSOC ?

We don't need GSoC to work on debian or APT or aptitude or whatever. :)

But lets start at the top:
First, as it get pretty quick pretty confusing: APT isn't aptitude.
Usually, then we say APT we mean tools using the libapt-libraries
to a certain extend. The primary programs show casting this library
are apt-get, apt-cache and co. But aptitude uses this library to a
certain extend - and a lot of other package managers -, too.

The code for downloading is e.g. included in this library and therefore
used by all of them equally, therefore projects like this debdelta thing
are worked on under the umbrella of the APT development team
reachable at deity at lists.debian.org for the benefit of everyone.

As we share so much you will find quiet a few people here as well
as there - i am for example mostly ear-dropping here to be informed
what "our" brother-in-law aptitude does, my real "home" is there. ;)

Various parts of the code for debdelta integration can be e.g. found here:

It's not finished and it seems like the original author (= our mentee)
left us with these pieces behind after GSoC. That's misfortune but
unfortunately not unusual in GSoC[0]. It therefore is now in need of
someone picking it up to proceed working on it, it just nobody did so far.

> Good luck commiters having access to aptitude's git repository :P

Everyone who can 'git clone' has commit access to his aptitude repo.
You just need to make your code rock and allow the gatekeepers of
the official aptitude repository to merge your awesomeness. ;)

I would tell you now what could be done without ever writing a single
line of code to improve aptitude or whatever else you like, but i am
reasonably sure Christian already told you this, so i am just saying:
Just do it (and be happy). :)

Best regards

David Kalnischkies

[0] There are exceptions now and then - like *shrug* me - and therefore
its tried every year to give students the chance to work on big and
interesting projects together with a great community, but as everywhere,
a few are just here for the money… *sign*

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