4 updates held back for 3 weeks...

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at gmail.com
Fri Jul 10 11:07:21 UTC 2009

O. Sinclair wrote:
> Johnny Ernst Nielsen wrote:
>> Greetings Eberhard and Mr. Sinclair.
>> Fredag den 10. juli 2009 kvad Eberhard Roloff:
>>> Johnny Ernst Nielsen schrieb:
>>>> linux-generic
>>>> linux-headers-generic
>>>> linux-image-generic
>>>> linux-restricted-modules-generic
>>>> Why?
>>>> And how to resolve?
>>>> I use apt-get on the command line.
>>>> Best regards :o)
>>>> Johnny :o)
>>> This worked for me, anytime updates were indicated to be
>>> held back.
>>> sudo apt-get update
>>> sudo apt-get upgrade
>>> sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
>>> The last command usually triggers the updates that where
>>> held back.
>> Thanks to Mr. Sinclair, aptitude tells me that it wants to install 4 
>> NEW packages:
>> linux-headers-2.6.28-13{a}
>> linux-headers-2.6.28-13-generic{a}
>> linux-image-2.6.28-13-generic
>> linux-restricted-modules-2.6.28-13-generic
>> If I leave my sources unchanged, will dist-upgrade upgrade to 9.10 
>> come october, if I issue the above 3 commands?
>> I don't want that.
>> I want 9.04 updated with bugfixes and securityfixes on a daily basis.
>> Installing new packages to fix bugs and security issues in 9.04 is fine 
>> by me, as long as dist-upgrade keeps me at 9.04 at all times.
> It is a kernel upgrade, you should be able to let it upgrade using
> sudo aptitude full-upgrade
> and then simply reply Y
> next time you boot you you will be booting into the new kernel, the old 
> still should be accessible if something goes wrong.
> Keep an eye on whether aptitude wants to REMOVE any package though. I 
> have had some weird experiences with kernel updates myself.
> You will be fine, you will stay on 9.04 until the time comes for a dist 
> upgrade. I happily mix apt-get and aptitude as sometimes one is better 
> than the other...
As a very brief comment I normally do:
sudo aptitude safe-upgrade
before I continue with full-upgrade. Aptitude will then hold back on 
things such as kernel upgrades as they  can have unwanted effects. I use 
a certain dial-up modem that used to require a special package from Dell 
- if this package was not ready in a version for the new kernel and I 
did a kernel upgrade I would lose sound and modem....


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