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

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sat Aug 15 12:32:58 EDT 2009

You don't need to run anything regularly, unless there are packages
that need upgrading.

There are 2 ways to do that:

1. Subscribe to your distro's security mailing list, and only run an
aptitude safe-upgrade when there are updates.

2. Install apticron and configure it to email you daily. It will run
update for you, and the email will tell you the updated packages that you
need to upgrade.

Then, it is just a matter of:

aptitude safe-upgrade

If safe-upgrade says that some packages that are held back, you can
try full-upgrade then.
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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