Adequate terminal alternatives for update manager.

Errol Sapir errol at
Fri Jul 10 04:23:21 UTC 2009

Hi Bas
I had a problem with what I called a "hanging update" (see thread on the 
Kubuntu forum). In short what happened was that when doing an update on 
one of my computers the update would not complete and ended with the line 

99% [1 packages bzip2 0]. 
Sometimes  there were more packages noted.
What I did in the end, after reading somewhere about the solution was type
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
I posted the solution on the Kubuntu forum.

It was solved

Bas Roufs wrote:
> Dear Everybody
> Today, I managed to solve some nasty update problem by means of a
> terminal command I would like to share with you.
> My experience of the past few months reveals that the 'Adept Update
> Manager' in Kubuntu Jaunty seemingly still is a bit buggy - especially
> after NOT updating e.g. a laptop for more than 5 days. So far, I have
> been often and successfully using these 2 interrelated terminal
> commands when handling bigger amounts of updates:
> 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.
> Respectfully yours,
> Bas.

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