[Aptitude-devel] Bug#699191: Bug#699191: aptitude don't depend on apt, but don't work correctly without apt

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Sat Nov 7 22:30:29 UTC 2015

Control: tags -1 + moreinfo

Hi Axel,

2013-01-28 21:09 Axel Beckert:
>Control: tag -1 + confirmed
>Hi Robert,
>Robert Paciorek wrote:
>> Package: aptitude
>> Version:
>> Severity: important
>> Hello,
>> aptitude don't depend on apt package but without apt can't download
>> packages - display error:
>> The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/http could not be found.
>This has been discussed just recently on the Aptitude mailing list:
>It's currently not a real-life issue, because apt considers itself
>Essential (even if it isn't) and hence both, apt-get and aptitude will
>not remove apt unless they're convinced that you know what you're

Should we perhaps add at the packaging level an extra depends on apt?

Even if there could be other ways to address it, this looks to me the
more straightforward one, and I don't imagine that having the extra
depends will hurt, unless apt changes dramatically in the future.

And very few people will want apt removed from the system even if
aptitude would not require it.

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <manuel.montezelo at gmail.com>

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