When to update packages?

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Tony G
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When to update packages?

Postby Tony G » Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:34 pm

Despite my adoption of my signature to remind myself that if it's not broke, don't fix it, I keep making changes to Mint that I later regret (at least now, I have /home mounted separately :) ). Specifically, coming from Windows, I think I obsessively keep my packages up-to-date, when in Linux this may be unnecessary, and sometimes undesirable. My latest package updating binge has creating the following graphics bugs in Mint KDE (circled areas show a distortion in the FF scroll-bar, and an ugly white background to MintUpdate).

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What's the recommended thought-process in deciding whether one really needs to update a package in Linux?

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Re: When to update packages?

Postby Fornhamfred » Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:23 pm

I would have thought that to wait for the mintupdate desktop icon to inform you there are updates to install and not use synaptic. You then get a rating as to how beneficial the changes are likely to be and I would assume that Mint have appraised the updates before posting.

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Re: When to update packages?

Postby Tony G » Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:41 pm

Does MintUpdate also track new packages that one's installed? If so, then that answers that.

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Re: When to update packages?

Postby ed@Mint » Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:54 pm

Not sure...
If have the same problem and only use mintUpdate...

This is a small bug due to the fact that firefox and mintupdate are GTK, dunno how to fix that.
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Re: When to update packages?

Postby Tony G » Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:05 pm

Then I'll take them in stride, Ed.

More generally speaking, though, is it best to avoid the temptation to click "refresh" and "update all packages," leaving that instead to MintUpdate?

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Re: When to update packages?

Postby miltonjohn » Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:39 am

what about:

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apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

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Re: When to update packages?

Postby Fornhamfred » Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:29 pm

Yes apt-get upgrade is a good idea, but I would let mint update look after the dist upgrade.


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