Jaunty upgrades

Thorny thorntreehome at gmail.com
Wed Apr 15 14:39:24 UTC 2009

On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 08:15:24 -0600, Karl F. Larsen posted:

> Thorny wrote:
>> On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 06:40:29 -0600, Karl F. Larsen posted:
>>> I had a problem with the GUI upgrade software. Some good guys on this
>>> list suggested use of "aptitude" in a terminal. I am old and use a
>>> terminal often for my learning g++ and now getting upgrades. Right now
>>> I am getting large upgrades to Open Office.
>> Karl, I'm not sure why you posted this, there doesn't seem to be a
>> question involved but no matter, it's slow this morning, we have time
>> to chat.
>>> Then I set up MY computer with: $sudo aptitude update and you can see
>>> this happening and it takes just a minute to train my laptop. Then I
>>> use the last step: $sudo aptitude safe-upgrade.
>> What are you "training" your laptop to do? That command updates the
>> packages lists for APT.
>> Do you only do safe-upgrade or do you follow it with full-upgrade?
>     If you would read what I wrote, I use safe-upgrade.

I did read what you wrote Karl, that's the reason for my use of the word
"only" in the question I asked.

> If you read man aptitude it says that plain upgrade uses safe-upgrade
> most of the time.

This is what I read in the Aptitude manual, Karl. Of course, yours could
be different than mine.

           Upgrades installed packages to their most recent version. Installed
           packages will not be removed unless they are unused (see the
           section "Managing Automatically Installed Packages" in the aptitude
           reference manual). Packages which are not currently installed may
           be installed to resolve dependencies unless the --no-new-installs
           command-line option is supplied.

           It is sometimes necessary to remove one package in order to upgrade
           another; this command is not able to upgrade packages in such
           situations. Use the full-upgrade command to upgrade as many
           packages as possible.

           Upgrades installed packages to their most recent version, removing
           or installing packages as necessary. This command is less
           conservative than safe-upgrade and thus more likely to perform
           unwanted actions. However, it is capable of upgrading packages that
           safe-upgrade cannot upgrade.

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