I'm a new LMDE user (installed yesterday) using MintUpdate-Debian (used it to get to UP2) and `latest`. However I currently have 888 updates in mu-d, and 69 broken packages (per `aptitude`). I suspect getting out of this hole quickly will require more knowledge of APT and its tools than I currently have, so am wondering, what are good places to ask such questions?
From using desktop ubuntu for a few years (and server ubuntu for longer) I have some experience with `aptitude` (et al) from using non-interactive command-line `aptitude` almost exclusively (i.e., `sudo aptitude <update|full-upgrade|install|remove|purge> ...`) rather than
- the interactive, character-mode-graphical `aptitude` (i.e., `sudo aptitude`)
- any of the fully-graphical tools, e.g., synaptic, Ubuntu Software Center
This worked well, because I kept up-to-date and because ubuntu shielded me from massive breakage. (However it did require (more or less) periodic reinstalls, hence my wanting to switch to rolling release.) But doing non-interactive `aptitude` with
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me@it:~$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest testing main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org testing main non-free
is way too scary, though I have managed to get a few things installed (e.g., curl, emacs, rsync, wget). (Big thanks to zerozero for helping me get this far
!) So I'm trying to learn the interactive `aptitude` (via its tutorial
) and any other tools that might help, but I already have questions. I'm wondering: as an LMDE user, is this forum the best place to ask such questions? Or should I ask in places (e.g., lists, forums, IRC) that specialize in APT? If the latter, what are the best places for a relative newbie to ask questions about APT and related tools?