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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       dselect - console Debian package handling frontend

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

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

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       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 helpsystem
 is included, which describes the	keystrokes  and  some  general
       concepts.  Read the help.

   ACTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]
       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    [Toc]    [Back]
	      Installs selected packages.

       Config Configures any previously not configured packages.

       Remove Removes or purges deselected packages.

       Quit   Exit dselect (successfully).

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       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>.

	      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

	      Print version information and exit successfully.

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

       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    [Toc]    [Back]

       dpkg(8), deb(5).

AUTHORS    [Toc]    [Back]

       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.

Debian Project			 January 2000			    DSELECT(8)
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