I think that the apt tag shouldn't have been set to a synonym of apt-get but it should have been the other way around. apt is the technology, apt-get is one of many ways to use apt.

Probably we should have had something like apt-get apt-cache aptitude and synaptic aliased to apt or no synonym at all.

  • I agree, I think I may have even proposed or upvoted that synonym. I remember thinking that it probably should have been the other way around.
    – Zoredache
    Commented Sep 1, 2010 at 22:02
  • Reversed the apt /apt-get synonym, but I'll leave the other apt synonym variations to you pros in the area. Commented Sep 3, 2010 at 21:53

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Agreed. Forgive my ignorance (n00bness) to Meta, but is is possible in current functionality to allow the user to select the tag but replace it with the "recommended"/"approved" tag?

In this instance, any tag entry of any or all of: apt apt-get apt-cache etc

would be replaced with a tag of "synaptic" or "aptitude"?

If I'm not clear, or this is how the synonyms already work, please let me know.

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    I think you're asking about the tag synonym feature. Most of the SE engine functionality discussion takes place on MSO. These features eventually trickle-down to the other SE sites.
    – jscott
    Commented Sep 3, 2010 at 15:18
  • Not sure why you got -1. Maybe someone thinks your answer should have been a comment?
    – jscott
    Commented Sep 3, 2010 at 22:58
  • @jscott Thank you for the insight and input. I'll take a look at those references. I have been in both metas but lost track of which one I was in.
    – gWaldo
    Commented Sep 4, 2010 at 23:41

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