[kwlug-disc] why would you do "apt-get dist-upgrade" regularly?

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Sat Aug 15 09:00:43 EDT 2009


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You want to run:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

on a regular basis.  This will keep your system up to date within the
current release.

Blindly using dist-upgrade regularly is not a good idea.  If a new
release happened to come out, you would find yourself swept forward.
While that is a positive, it is not a casual package refresh and should
be planned ahead of time. Things tend(ed) to break...

With a desktop system, all this is passe.  The package manager will come
to you with upgrades on a regular basis and will inform you of potential
 distribution upgrades which you can select with a click.



Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> On Sat, 15 Aug 2009, Eric Gerlach wrote:
> 
>> dist-upgrade, it's not just for upgrading distributions anymore!
>>
>> dist-upgrade is a misnomer.  The term is being deprecated from
>> aptitude. They're moving to:
>>
>> upgrade -> safe-upgrade
>> dist-upgrade -> full-upgrade
>>
>> It's a bad name.  dist-upgrade means "upgrade everything" (to put it
>> *very* simply).
> 
>   ok, i'll be reading up on the difference later today.  thanks.
> 
> rday
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