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    apt-get install ... no longer asks for confirmation

    I am used to apt-get install ... asking for confirmation [Y/n] before commencing to download new packages. Recently however it as been assuming Y and automatically starting the download. The puzzling thing is that it's doing it on two machines, one running Lucid, the other running Precise. I don't think I've made any changes to the apt config files. Anyone also have the same problem?

    Similar symptoms to this problem I think:

    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...mation-859586/

    Any ideas?

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    Re: apt-get install ... no longer asks for confirmation

    i thought it only ever asks you Y/n is when you do sudo aptitude upgrade. When you issue sudo aptitude install foo, it's just gonna do what you asked it to, install the software.

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    Re: apt-get install ... no longer asks for confirmation

    I'm pretty sure until a few days ago it would ask for confirmation for install operations as well as upgrade operations. Can anyone else confirm or is dannyboy79 right and I'm just going crazy?

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    Re: apt-get install ... no longer asks for confirmation

    Quote Originally Posted by toyfactory View Post
    I'm pretty sure until a few days ago it would ask for confirmation for install operations as well as upgrade operations. Can anyone else confirm or is dannyboy79 right and I'm just going crazy?
    My experience is with apt-get and not aptitude, but apt-get acts like you were describing. It asks for confirmation for anything, except when you install a single package that doesn't require any dependencies.

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    Re: apt-get install ... no longer asks for confirmation

    I only occasionally use apt-get to install, but as far as I can remember it has never asked me for confirmation. And for upgrades, it does.

    Ubuntu 12.04.
    If you don't make backups of your important data, your data is obviously not important to you.

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    Re: apt-get install ... no longer asks for confirmation

    apt-get only asks for confirmation if installing the package(s) you specify requires pulling in dependencies.

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    Re: apt-get install ... no longer asks for confirmation

    Quote Originally Posted by sgage View Post
    apt-get only asks for confirmation if installing the package(s) you specify requires pulling in dependencies.
    +1

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    Re: apt-get install ... no longer asks for confirmation

    Quote Originally Posted by sgage View Post
    apt-get only asks for confirmation if installing the package(s) you specify requires pulling in dependencies.
    That's what I said.

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    Re: apt-get install ... no longer asks for confirmation

    Quote Originally Posted by wheeze View Post
    That's what I said.
    That's what I thought you said as well
    Last edited by Wim Sturkenboom; November 6th, 2012 at 05:52 PM.
    If you don't make backups of your important data, your data is obviously not important to you.

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    Smile Re: apt-get install ... no longer asks for confirmation

    Thanks everyone. You learn something new every day!

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