Adequate terminal alternatives for update manager.

Jonas Norlander jonorland at
Thu Jul 9 18:53:12 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 8:29 PM, John DeCarlo<johndecarlo at> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 10:33 AM, Bas Roufs <basroufs at> wrote:
>> sudo apt-get update
>> sudo apt-get upgrade.
>> But even these two unix commands did not solve all my update and
>> upgrade problems today. So, I checked out a recent thread on this
>> issue at the general Ubuntu list. There I found 2 other Unix terminal
>> commands that are new to me:
>> sudo aptitude update
>> sudo aptitude safe-upgrade
>> By means of these 2 commands I managed to handle ALL the updates
>> effectively. That's why, I want to share them with you at this forum.
> 1.  Aptitude is a much better application than regular apt-get (and
> related).  I don't know why it isn't the default, probably a political issue
> (like why Debian and Ubuntu make changes to Firefox).
> 2.  I thought the "update" command was deprecated for all apt programs.  I
> am surprised that apt-get still accepts the "update" command.  I wonder why
> that is.

I think it's the upgrade thats the deprecated command and you get a
warning when using it and suggestion to use safe-upgrade instead.

/ Jonas

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