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Update manager / updating package not installed

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:19 am
by djashnew
Has anyone noticed the Mint Update manager selects updates to packages I don't even have installed.
I confirmed this yesterday with tomcat8 update. I have since started to use a different Synaptic package manager with the mark all upgrades button.
Is this happening to anyone else or do I have update preferences wrong?
I'm running Linux Mint 18 Sarah.

Re: Update manager / updating package not installed

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:24 am
by Cosmo.
If you look into the description you will read the actual package (libservlet3.0-java), that gets updated. This is installed by default.

Re: Update manager / updating package not installed

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:50 pm
by mingle
An old thread, but I've just noticed the same issue.

Recent updates include Chromium Browser, which I do no have installed (and have never installed).

What could be the cause of this?

I haven't examined other pending updates, but I might start to look a bit closer from now on.

Mike.

Re: Update manager / updating package not installed

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:49 am
by smurphos
The 'Chromium Browser' was probably just the chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra package which is default if you chose to install additional codecs at installation. It's a dependency of the mint-meta-codecs-core metapackage, and shouldn't be removed unless you are in the mood for manually picking the codec packages your system actually needs. :)

Always a good idea to examine the updates though, read changelogs etc. Synpatic package properties is a easy way to look at more detailed info on packages you don't recognise.