How to find out why packages are "held back"

Ruben Laban r.laban at
Tue Jul 15 11:54:13 UTC 2008

On Tuesday 15 July 2008, stan wrote:
> I have one machine at work on Gusty thta seems to not to wnat to upgrade
> some packages:
> Reading package lists... Done
> Building dependency tree
> Reading state information... Done
> The following packages have been kept back:
>   linux-headers-generic linux-image-generic
> linux-restricted-modules-generic openssh-client openssh-server ssl-cert
> How can I fix this?

short answer: sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

longer answer: The reason those package are kept back is because they depend 
on extra packages not already installed. apt-get upgrade doesn't pull in 
those extra packages, while apt-get dist-upgrade does.


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