Chapter 1. Getting started

Table of Contents

Using aptitude
aptitude basics
Navigating the aptitude package list
Finding packages by name
Managing packages
Updating the package list and installing packages
Using aptitude from the command line

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

 -- Lao Tsu

aptitude is a sizeable program with many features, and it can be a bit overwhelming for new users to get acquainted with it. This chapter does not exhaustively describe the features of aptitude (see Chapter 2, aptitude reference guide for that), but it does provide a walk-through of the basic and most commonly used features of the program.