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Postby amsterdan on Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:45 pm

Hi there,

My name is Daniel and entirely new to this amazing world of GNU and Linux. Everyone seems to be scared of it since 'you need to know code'. Gotta say, it is handy if you do, but with all the available help out here and me therefore learning more, I tend to see that the basic stuff isn't all that hard. You just need to know haha! I'm greatful for the service and the ability to choose a fair product. I read up on proprietory OS, learned about some politics and started to see why the things in this world are the way they are. I have always known, but never knew how to take my first steps against it.

Well, this might be it! I found Mint to be faster, more fun, more secure ... and in the end, I have more control over the computer than I ever had before! This all backed up by a helpful and friendly community. Wish I had discovered it all sooner.

That leaves me with two questions:
1. The difference between 'update' and 'upgrade'.
2 What is the command line to update/upgrade particular software, rather than everything on the OS?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: AmsterDan

Postby The-Wizard on Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:20 pm

welcome to the mint family forums

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Re: AmsterDan

Postby xenopeek on Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:51 pm

Hi Daniel, welcome to the Linux Mint forums :D Thanks for joining the forums! As to your questions:
  1. Update means to refresh your local index of packages available in the repositories (from where you install software normally). From this local index, the package management system (Debian's APT) can then figure out if there are any packages that can be upgraded on your system (if there are newer versions available in the repositories than you have installed on your system). So upgrading means to install those newer versions :wink:
  2. The command to upgrade but a single package is:
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    sudo apt-get install --only-upgrade packagename

    Where you replace packagename with the name of the package to upgrade. Note that this will also upgrade any dependency packages (for example if you upgrade some program, if the newer version requires newer versions of certain libraries those will also be upgraded). Generally easier to do this with the Update Manager. And I'm not sure why you would want to upgrade only one package. Generally the Update Manager keeps packages that may be pose a risk to your system's stability on the same version (see Edit > Preferences menu where you can configure level 4 and level 5 packages, which are normally not upgraded--things like kernel and graphics card drivers).
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Re: AmsterDan

Postby amsterdan on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:35 pm

Thanks for those links Vincent ... enough study material to keep me busy for a while. Much appreciated though! :D
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Re: AmsterDan

Postby jesica on Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:23 am

welcome to the forum :mrgreen:
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