Re: [SLUG] newsreaders

From: Paul M Foster (
Date: Wed Mar 12 2008 - 14:56:41 EST

On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 04:32:20PM -0400, Eben King wrote:

> On Wed, 12 Mar 2008, Ron Youvan wrote:
>>> I'm thinking I'll go for Pan. Its home page (
>>> proclaims it to be "a newsreader for GNOME". Will it work without GNOME?
>>> Anyone use it that way? I use no environment, fvwm2 alone.
>> pan does not require gnome! It has about 3 dependencies that
>> most later day distributions already have.
>> I have been using it since Slackware dropped gnome, but I
>> do miss many of those programs. The things that all you to
>> install gnome got me in trouble twice, so I'll wait on that.
> Urk. My apt is messed up -- I asked Synaptic to install Pan, and it
> presented me with a dialog box:
>> To be removed
> [68 packages]
>> To be installed
> [50-some packages]
>> To be upgraded
> [30-some packages]
> [Cancel] [OK]
> No thanks, I'll go for source.
> That is, unless there's an apt wizard in the audience.

Whenever you run into this, go to a console or xterm, and type:

apt-get install mypackage

It may do *some* of the same, but usually doesn't drag 50 packages along
with it the way aptitude and synaptic do.


Paul M. Foster
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