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We're having to manage a server for a client that is running RHEL 4.

Is it possible to run aptitude on this server to install/manage packages?

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What's wrong with yum? – ceejayoz Jan 21 '10 at 16:35
Just wanted to know if it is possible to use aptitude. – Montana Harkin Jan 21 '10 at 16:36

rpmforge has apt and aptitude for RHEL5, it probably has also the package for EL4.

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that's interesting! But aptitude and friends are designed to work with apt repositories. So I am wondering if this aptitude works together with the yum repositories. – Vokuhila-Oliba Feb 4 '10 at 8:34
it's just a replacement for you and under the hood will use yum repositories and rpm commands – Daniel Feb 4 '10 at 15:59

No. Red Hat-type distros use the rpm system for package management, with frontends such as yum and yast.

Debian-type distros use the dpkg system for package management, with better frontends like aptitude and apt-get.

If you want to use aptitude, you'll need to install Debian or Ubuntu.

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The package manager is the most fundamental part of a distribution, it is what makes a 'distribution' work.

I would not recommend using a different package manager with a distribution - I think the most reliable and safe thing to do is to become familiar with the package manager (and its front-ends) of choice on the distribution you're using.

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