A text-based frontend to apt, which can be run either directly from the command line or from a visual mode that runs in a terminal window.
The following actions are supported. Running aptitude with no action invokes the
visual mode. Package names can be entered individually or as
search patterns. A search pattern consists of terms starting
with a tilde (~), followed by a character indicating the type of
term, followed by the text to be searched for. The most common
usage is to use
search for a package name (e.g.,
~nemacs, to search for packages that
emacs in their name).
You can find the full list of term types in the
Aptitude User's Manual. The manual can be
/usr/share/doc/README on a Debian
system. On an RPM-based system with aptitude installed, the
README file may be in
Clean out the cache by removing only packages that can no longer be downloaded.
Clean out the cache by removing all previously
Upgrade as many installed packages as possible, installing and removing packages as needed to satisfy dependencies.
.deb file for each specified
package to the current directory.
Don't allow aptitude to upgrade the package to a particular version. If no version is specified, it is assumed to be the version that would normally be used.