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#1 2022-02-09 14:05:45

manyroads
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Nala (a prettier apt?)

If you are interested in finding a better (prettier?) looking (new) cli tool to perform most apt terminal functions Nala is worth a look.  I have installed and run it successfully to perform my most common tasks successfully on PeppermintOS (Debian) and MXLinux (non-systemd Debian). Here's a link to the development site and software.  Should you want to try it out....

https://salsa.debian.org/volian-team/nala


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#2 2022-02-09 19:31:35

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Re: Nala (a prettier apt?)

That's interesting, especially the ability to get parallel downloads going like on Arch. And on the nala github page, it has a link to a new(ish) AUR-style repo for Debian-based distros, 'pacstall': https://github.com/pacstall/pacstall

Looks like pacstall has a bunch of packages, might be worth checking out. Lots of cool new toys to check out today.


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#3 2022-02-09 20:56:19

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Re: Nala (a prettier apt?)

@andyprough here's the deb file(s):  https://gitlab.com/volian/nala/-/releases


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#4 2022-02-10 15:49:17

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Re: Nala (a prettier apt?)

andyprough wrote:

AUR-style repo for Debian-based distros

The quality of packaging in the AUR tends to be pretty poor so I'm not sure if that's particularly desirable.


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#5 2022-02-10 18:30:02

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Re: Nala (a prettier apt?)

Don't break your Devuan ...

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#6 2022-02-10 19:07:46

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Re: Nala (a prettier apt?)

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
andyprough wrote:

AUR-style repo for Debian-based distros

The quality of packaging in the AUR tends to be pretty poor so I'm not sure if that's particularly desirable.

But as you probably know, the real value of the AUR is for people like us to look at the PKGBUILD and see where they got a binary or piece of source code from, and if there are any useful hints on how to compile it or install it. Saves a lot of time in some cases.

The fact that actual AUR users want to be guinea pigs for someone else's experimentation is not really the point.


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#7 2022-02-10 20:49:27

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Re: Nala (a prettier apt?)

i don't get the obsession with getting an aur like thing into debian when the aur is trash, why not aim for something better, like nix derivations, that way these "independient" packages integrate better into the package manager unlike the hack that is the aur.


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#8 2022-02-10 21:02:41

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Re: Nala (a prettier apt?)

There use to be a few well maintained third party repositories.  I especially remember that getdeb.net and playdeb.net were very useful for Ubuntu users.  I guess maintaining a quality repository is just to big of a job.

It seems to me that if the content of the AUR is submitted by the users, Then those same users could review the content that is submitted.   I believe a few extra steps in the process could improve the AUR greatly.

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#9 2022-02-11 13:58:49

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Re: Nala (a prettier apt?)

I'm not sure AUR bashing has an awful lot to do with nala.... but that's probably just me.


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#10 2022-02-11 17:53:23

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Re: Nala (a prettier apt?)

Oops, sorry Mark, my fault.

nala looks very interesting, I'm always a sucker for terminal eye-candy, so thanks for the share :-)

Scrot of the pretty colours:

20220211-17h52m00s-grim.png


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#11 2022-06-22 04:56:40

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Re: Nala (a prettier apt?)

manyroads wrote:

... and MXLinux (non-systemd Debian).

Can you confirm that you run MXLinux on sysvinit ?
Last time I tried it was systemd and during the install no choice to choose sysvinit.
Thanks

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#12 2022-06-22 05:02:27

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Re: Nala (a prettier apt?)

is nala depend on apt ?

or could we remove apt ? like apt purge apt ? big_smile

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