So, I ssh into a (very) remote Ubuntu 10.4 server to do some admin and web dev+design. And I was looking through the various package manager options.
There's a lot.
The big ones are dpkg, apt, apt-get, aptitude, and synaptic. I don’t remember where I got the idea, but I seem to remember that each of these is basically building on top of its predecessors, so I kind of assumed that if I do some stuff in one tool, then do some more stuff in another tool, it wouldn’t cause any conflicts. (And I haven’t noticed any so far.)
But then I saw some dotfiles/dot-directories in my home directory and started to think more about it. Are these just storing configuration information for each tool’s “front end”? Or are they all tracking package management activities separately?
Separate would be bad. ☺
Is this safe?