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Update Manager and the Kernel confusion

Post by oakhilltop » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:02 am

I updated to 18.3 (from 18.1 I think) and now I constantly get the indication that updates are available. When I open the update manager, I see the packages:

4 Linux Kernel 4.10.0-42.46~16.04.1
4 linux-kernel-generic Its version is 4.10.0-38
4 mesa
4 systemd
4 ubuntu-drivers-common

The first linux kernel has an exclamation point for its Type. If I click on "Install Updates", it says no updates selected. So, if I want to get rid of the constant updates available icon, and am willing to risk trying a new kernel, should I check off the Upgrade box for all of these packages, or just the kernel packages?

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Re: Update Manager and the Kernel confusion

Post by xenopeek » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:08 am

If they have an exclamation icon, it means these are security updates. It's recommended you install them but yes you have to mark them yourself for installation.

If you have not done so yet, you could consider using Timeshift. That came with Linux Mint 18.3 and makes snapshots of your system directories so you can roll back an upgrade if it causes problems for you.
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Re: Update Manager and the Kernel confusion

Post by oakhilltop » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:26 am

Thanks,

So just update the kernel and let the update manager take care of it, or should I check off the linux-kernel-generic also?

I backup my system with rsync to an external drive, but I think I will give timeshift a try also.

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Re: Update Manager and the Kernel confusion

Post by xenopeek » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:44 am

Install any and all updates shown with an exclamation icon.
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Re: Update Manager and the Kernel confusion

Post by Cosmo. » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:15 pm

If and which updates get pre-selected depends from your settings in the update manager and those again get changed, if you select a update policy; but after having set the policy you can still change the preferences to your liking. The relevant options are those on the level page of the preferences and in options the settings regarding security updates and kernel updates.

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Re: Update Manager and the Kernel confusion

Post by catweazel » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:17 am

oakhilltop wrote:I backup my system with rsync to an external drive, but I think I will give timeshift a try also.
Just fyi, timeshift uses rsync.
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