deb diff for ubuntu

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at
Wed Jan 7 14:59:19 UTC 2009

On Sun, 2008-12-28 at 12:33 -0800, Joshuah Kuttenkuler wrote:

> But the files that are not changed are not included, since a user is
> guaranteed to have the original files. 

No they're not.  When you do a dist-upgrade, the newest package version
is installed.  You thus miss all changes that occurred between your last
version and the newest.  If you dist-upgrade on release day, you'll be
fine.  If you dist-upgrade 2 months after release, you will have missed
maybe 5 updates in that time, so you'll end up with a half-updated and
probably not-working version of the program.

Now, in a dist-upgrade you're pretty much guaranteed there'll be a ton
of changes missed.  Even in normal upgrade situations, if you're not
someone who updates daily, you could still have a problem.  If you
update weekly or every 2 weeks and there were 2 updates released in that
time, you'll miss the first one.

Mackenzie Morgan
apt-get moo
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