ManTaRa wrote: the traditional . . . very simple "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade" brings historically the relevant upgrades . . . including basic kernel updates . . . and also generally in LM it all goes well . . . .
If you're lucky. If not, you get regressions from level 4 and 5 updates. Do what you prefer, but don't recommend others to use this method on Linux Mint, especially not newbies like me who cannot fix regressions that may occur.
It doesn't bring 'relevant' upgrades, it brings ALL upgrades. Is that clear to you? I can't figure out whether or not you understand the level system in Mint.
OMG, this is like the apple forums where the list gurus answer questions by saying, "Possibly you can't understand the 'genius' of assigning numerical levels to the Updater packages . . . it sounds like it is 'beyond' your capacity to fathom the 'sophistication' of this application" ???
Have to say I'm with Manta and wharfrat on this one, why degrade sudo power for those who are used to using the "dist-upgrade" option, when in the case of LM "LTS" versions very little ever breaks or "regresses" in Mint??
moem: I don't know why you would suggest that the OP "shouldn't tell others about dist-upgrade" if, as you say, you are a "newbie who couldn't fix a regression," if in fact it has every happened for you. It doesn't look like you are actually addressing the OPs question, or providing direction as to where the OP could either find his answer, or where to file an official "bug report" on the problem such that Clem could "get the message." What are you offering to the OPs question besides basically saying they shouldn't even be asking the question--because it is a "dangerous suggestion to newbies"??
et al: Clearly LM is moving in the direction of "user friendliness" as far as making the upgrade process "tiered" by numerical value; that's great for people just moving to linux from apple or windows, but, for longer time linux users-- not necessary as far as LM goes to degrade sudo capacity. As far as "need to know" about "ALL upgrades" . . . for the most part do you or anyone "research" each and every package name listed in a potentially 60 item list to insure that "nothing will go wrong if I click to install"??? Usually they are some hum-drum part of some dependency, that is "under the hood" mechanism and it doesn't require "careful thinking" to decide whether to move forward with "some of them, or, maybe a few of them." A regular "upgrade" shows what might be in Clem's humble system the #1 -#3, or #4 level choices; and then the "dist-upgrade" command will show the kernel options. Apt is pretty good about providing "errors" on commands that might cause a problem. For those who want the latest OS and kernel, then they should know that they are crossing over to the "sid" and there might be some "instability." For those who want the relative "safety net" of the staged Updater, it's there for them.
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