Linux News Today: APT (Advanced Package Tool) 1.2.2 Brings Back Build-Dep Command
APT (Advanced Package Tool), a set of core tools inside Debian that make it possible to install, remove, and keep applications up to date, has been upgraded once more, and a few important changes and improvements have been made.
APT is an acronym for Advanced Package Tool, and most of the Linux users have heard of it, even if they don’t use Debian or any Debian derivative. It’s one of the most important packages in any distribution, and it’s been around for a very long time.
The developers have been working on APT for years and only recently have they finally decided to move past the 1.0 version. It seemed like an eternity, but APT now sounds like it’s a stable version, although it was quite stable before the 1.0 release.
What’s new in APT 1.2.2
It will take a while until this particular version lands in any of the distros based on Debian, and for now, it’s available for users of Debian unstable. It’s available in the repositories, for anyone who wants an upgrade.
According to the changelog, pkg will now be created at the time pkg:arch is created, the build-dep has been reimplemented via apts normal resolver, the version is now correctly from the binary source field, building the dependency tree in ‘source’ command is now avoided, the buffer writes can no longer be larger than the buffer, any I/O errors will cause APT to fail, loading long package description is now avoided, and much more.
A complete list of modifications and updates can be found in the official changelog. You can download APT (Advanced Package Tool) 1.2.2 right now from Softpedia, but if you get the source package, you won’t be able to do much with it. Also, it will be a while until this reaches distros, so don’t expect to see it anytime soon.