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console Debian package handling frontend


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1. dselect.8.man

Manpage of DSELECT

DSELECT

Section: Debian GNU/Linux (8)
Updated: January 2000
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NAME

dselect - console Debian package handling frontend  

SYNOPSIS

dselect [--admindir <directory>] [--help] [--version] [--licence | --license] [--expert] [--debug <file> | -D <file>] [<action>]  

DESCRIPTION

dselect is the primary user interface for installing, removing and managing Debian GNU/Linux packages. It is an front-end to dpkg(8). Normally dselect is invoked without parameters, but some commandline parameters are still available.

The usage of dselect is pretty self-explanatory, and an internal help-system is included, which describes the keystrokes and some general concepts. Read the help.  

ACTIONS

Access
Chooses an access `method' to use to find package repository. By default, there exist several methods such as "floppy", "harddisk", "cdrom", but other packages you install can provide additional methods, e.g. "apt" or "multi_cd" etc.
Update
Updates list of packages available to dpkg/dselect with data from the chosen repository Packages file(s).
Select
Selects individual packages to install.
Install
Installs selected packages.
Config
Configures any previously not configured packages.
Remove
Removes or purges deselected packages.
Quit
Exit dselect (successfully).
 

OPTIONS

All options can be specified both on the commandline and in the dselect configuration file /etc/dpkg/dselect.cfg. Each line in the configuration file is either an option (exactly the same as the commandline option but without leading dashes) or a comment (if it starts with a #).
--admindir <directory>
Changes the directory where the dpkg `status', `available' and similar files are located. This defaults to /var/lib/dpkg and normally there shouldn't be any need to change it.
--debug <file> | -D<file>
Turn on debugging. Debugging information is sent to <file>.
--expert
Turns on expert mode, i.e. doesn't display possibly annoying help messages.
--help
Print a brief help text and exit successfully.
--licence | --license
Displays the dselect copyright and license information and exits successfully.
--version
Print version information and exit successfully.
 

BUGS

The dselect package selection interface is confusing or even alarming to a new user.

dselect doesn't handle Recommends: field very well, and doesn't understand Replaces: at all.

There is no easy way to automatically download and install packages via anonymous FTP with default access methods (APT does this).  

SEE ALSO

dpkg(8), deb(5).  

AUTHORS

dselect was written by Ian Jackson (ijackson@gnu.ai.mit.edu). Full list of contributors may be found in `dselect --license'.
This manual page was written by Juho Vuori <javuori@cc.helsinki.fi> and updated by Josip Rodin.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
ACTIONS
OPTIONS
BUGS
SEE ALSO
AUTHORS

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