Installing cinnamon

Tom H tomh0665 at
Mon Dec 10 12:23:44 UTC 2012

On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 4:12 AM, Patrick Asselman <iceblink at> wrote:
> It's not just noobs who run into this. I've seen a lot of messages to this
> mailing list where the problem was fixed by updating the package list first.
> In my opinion the apt-get should get a bit more intelligent, and ask the
> user if maybe it should update its list before installing. And maybe add an
> extra switch to skip that step, for the experienced users.

Even though it would make sense for 90% if not 99% of apt-get users, I
wish you luck getting apt-get to update before upgrading. Especially
on the Debian side but perhaps on the Ubuntu side too, you'll have a
very vocal minority proclaim "I want to have the freedom to make my
computer do what I want it to do and I want to be able to run "apt-get
install ...", "apt-get upgrade", or "apt-get dist-upgrade" without
"apt-get update" being run (some will almost certainly say,
emphatically, "apt-get is not yum!").

A better solution might be to add a "-U" switch whereby running
"apt-get -U upgrade" or "apt-get -U dist-upgrade" will run "apt-get
update" first.

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