When Aptitude's bottom status line permanently states

[1(0)/...] Resolving dependencies

(i.e. Aptitude can't find a solution given the current constraints), changing the status of any package (e.g. telling it to install a different version) results in a multi-second period (depending on the computer's speed) during which the screen is frozen while aptitude tries to find a new resolution.

Is there any way to convince aptitude to run its search for a solution either in the background or not at all?

  • For what it's worth, nothing seeming to happen and nothing happening are two entirely different things. Do you experience this same delay when using apt or apt-get rather than aptitude? – DopeGhoti Jul 16 '18 at 19:39
  • apt and apt-get don't have interactive conflict resolution, thus I don't understand the question. – Matthias Urlichs Jul 17 '18 at 2:07
  • Do you see the same behavior, or is there anything more enlightening shown, if you try aptitude -vvv? – DopeGhoti Jul 17 '18 at 14:58
  • @DopeGhoti Keep in mind that aptitude runs as a curses application here. aptitude -vvv cannot show anything. That would disrupt the display. – Matthias Urlichs Jul 17 '18 at 16:16
  • The manual page implies that the verbosity of -vvv is displayed onscreen. – DopeGhoti Jul 17 '18 at 16:18

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