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Safe/Visible

Postby solarwind » Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:59 pm

What do the "safe" and "visible" check boxes mean in the Mint Update preferences?

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Re: Safe/Visible

Postby Lim-Dul » Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:22 pm

Mint, unlike some other distros, assigns "security levels" to all updates. Synaptic/apt-get don't do such things and update everything which is why you might end up messing up your system with unsafe/unstable packages.

Now, with "visible" and "safe" you can define which levels of updates you want to SEE in MintUpdate (visible) and which ones you want to have automatically updated (safe).
Everybody recommends that you only check level 1, 2 and 3 as "safe" although if you're curious you might set levels 4 and 5 to "visible" to look what is available in the unstable repos. Marking 4 and 5 as "safe" is generally not recommended for normal usage.
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Re: Safe/Visible

Postby solarwind » Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:34 pm

Thanks!

I also posted another question here viewtopic.php?f=6&t=14884 do you think you could help me answer it? Thanks again!

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Re: Safe/Visible

Postby AUserInEssex » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:34 am

I'd like to resurrect this thread since the 'safe' and 'visible' descriptions persist and, to my mind, are not at all clear. Still, I am new to Linux and certainly I don't want to offend anybody.


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