Can't do an update with sudo apt-get update & sudo apt-get upgrade, pasting output in this message

Tom H tomh0665 at
Fri Dec 14 22:38:25 UTC 2012

On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM, William Scott Lockwood III
<vladinator at> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM, Colin Law <clanlaw at> wrote:
>> On 13 December 2012 23:11, James R McKenzie <jimmckenzie at>
>> wrote:
>>> For the record, no other update process was running.
>>> Jims64BitLinuxMint13LapTop ~ # sudo apt-get update & sudo apt-get
>>> upgrade
>> Just for the record, for keeping everything up to date you should use
>> sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
> While generally I agree with this advice, I wouldn't necessarily do that
> with servers. Some things that are held back (like new kernels) are held
> back for very good reasons. You should only use dist-upgrade if you're on a
> workstation that you don't care about potentially blowing up, or on machines
> you're testing/qa'ing on for eventual release to production.

Can you be sure that, if you use "upgrade" rather than "dist-upgrade",
all security updates are applied? (Question not criticism!)

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