Updates 4.8.3

Clay Weber clay at claydoh.com
Sat May 5 16:03:36 UTC 2012


On Saturday, May 05, 2012 05:20:39 PM O. Sinclair wrote:
> On 05/05/12 17:13, Clay Weber wrote:
> > On Saturday, May 05, 2012 10:00:48 AM O. Sinclair wrote:
> >> On 04/05/12 21:42, Steve Riley wrote:
> >>> On 2012-05-04 22:16:19 Georgi Kourtev<gkourtev at gmail.com>   wrote:
> >>>> Ah, here i found a good explanation, though it does not state what is
> >>>> better. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Packaging_Tool
> >>> 
> >>> (...sending again, omitted the list in my response...)
> >>> 
> >>> In my experience, "dist-upgrade" is more complete than "upgrade,"
> >>> because
> >>> it can handle cases where dependencies bring in new packages that don't
> >>> already exist.
> >>> 
> >>> For example, say you currently have package foo:1.0 installed. foo:1.0
> >>> has
> >>> no dependencies. Now it's time to upgrade to foo:1.1, and this version
> >>> has a new dependency on bar:0.9. "apt-get upgrade" will hold foo back,
> >>> because bar is currently not installed on your machine. "apt-get
> >>> dist-upgrade" includes a dependency resolver and will not only upgrade
> >>> foo:1.0 to foo:1.1 but also install bar:0.9.
> >> 
> >> for an upgrade of KDE dist-upgrade should not be necessary as it does
> >> not involve kernel etc. I did mine via normal upgrade and all went well.
> >> 
> >> I suspect a problem with local mirrors or some earlier upgrade not
> >> completed.
> > 
> > Incorrect, as upgrading to  KDE 4.8.3 requires a couple of new packages to
> > be installed. A stock setup may not require it, but it is quite possible
> > some added KDE bits may need some.
> 
> In which case I think kubuntu.org would have told you that dist-upgrade
> is/was necessary. For me it was not. And I can at least not remember
> that a KDE x.x.x upgrade ever was.

While isn't isn't a normal occurrence for new packages to be required, but it 
does happen, and is even more likely if any extra programs are installed after 
a base install.   

All the gui package managers use this method by default, and are the preferred 
method of package management. 

But it definitely sufficient enough to run upgrade, then try dist-upgrade if 
there are held packages. 

-- 
clay



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