update-manager vs apt-get

Matt Zimmerman mdz at ubuntu.com
Tue Jul 25 09:56:53 BST 2006

On Mon, Jul 24, 2006 at 06:02:05PM +0100, martin f krafft wrote:
> I skimmed over the pointer and its links but I guess my question
> isn't answered. It seems that what's being proposed is a wrapper
> around APT that runs things before and after, and possibly APT
> multiple times in various incarnations to ensure a smooth upgrade.
> I failed to find any information as to what would make the actual
> upgrade algorithm smarter.

The section "The actual upgrade" explains the additional logic.  The
implementation "runs" APT via its API and tweaks the selections to do the
right thing.

> The reason I am asking is quite simple that I acknowledge that
> dist-upgrade cannot be the way to go, and I would like for that to
> be improved as well, but I'd rather fix dist-upgrade and the
> packages, not rely on preparation and cleanup hooks.

dist-upgrade does a different and more general job.  The release upgrade
algorithm is specific to Ubuntu and to particular Ubuntu releases.

 - mdz

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