linux-base not installed but listed in /var/run/reboot-required.pkgs

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Wed Dec 17 13:18:39 UTC 2014

On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 11:35:28AM +0000, Adam Funk wrote:
> I did an apt-get dist-upgrade yesterday, including a new kernel.  I
> rebooted.  Today I'm getting the "System restart required" message.  I
> googled how to find out what package triggered it, so:
> $ cat /var/run/reboot-required.pkgs 
> linux-base
> But dpkg shows that the linux-base package is not installed!  What
> gives?

That's an artificial value used to indicate that the reboot-required
request came from a kernel package, probably because kernel package
names change all the time with ABI changes.  You can see this in the
quite short script /usr/share/update-notifier/notify-reboot-required.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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