Introduction

Table of Contents

What is this aptitude thing, anyway?
What is a package manager?
What is the apt system?
How can I get aptitude?
Pre-built aptitude packages, or, “What 99% of Users Should Do
Building aptitude from source code
Tracking and participating in aptitude development
 

Master, does Emacs possess the Buddha nature?” the novice asked.

I don't see why not,” replied the master. “It's got bloody well everything else.” Several years later, the novice suddenly achieved enlightenment.

 
 -- John Fouhy

Hello, and welcome to the aptitude user's manual! This introductory section explains what aptitude is and how to get your hands on it; for information on actually using it, please proceed to Chapter 1, Getting Started.