[Aptitude-devel] Bug#710687: aptitude: highlight the "alternative dependencies bar |"

Christoph Anton Mitterer calestyo at scientia.net
Sun Jun 2 01:10:39 UTC 2013

Hi Daniel.

On Sun, 2013-06-02 at 01:03 +0000, Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:
> Unnecessary noise.  Visual cues such as alternate colour are quite
> attention grabbing and must be reserved for very important details
> such as e.g. broken packages and changing state.  The alternatives are
> displayed in the common control file format, using an alternate colour
> on the syntax characters is quite distracting.
Well one could have done something like this with an option that
defaults to off.

So everybody not liking it, could have left it as is.

Apart from that, just colourising the bar | itself (I wasn't talking
about the whole line of course), doesn't seem that intention grabbing,
does it?

Anyway, I think we do have a general problem in Debian, that one cannot
really follow what one wants with respect to alternatives... as well as
when such are added or dropped.

Just yesterday I saw a case, where a package recommends some
libsocket-perl | libsocket6-perl
package or something like that.
However, libsocket6-perl was already installed earlier as a "strict"
dependency... so I never noticed that the other package recommended

As a follow up, there was really functionality missing.

And this is just a very simply example where alternatives were not even
added/dropped on a new package version.

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