[clug-talk] apt-get upgrade

Darren L xlr8me at gmail.com
Sat May 13 07:03:17 PDT 2006


Be careful - those are two different commands.

# sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
This will update headers on the newest packages for your distro, and then
upgrade currently installed packages to newer versions.

#  sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
This is usually done after updating your sources (/etc/apt/sources.list)
list to the corresponding repositories for the version that you're upgrading
to.  If i remember right, this will install new packages if current updates
require them --  so there is a potential for problems (unlikely).

On 5/12/06, Gustin Johnson <gustin at echostar.ca> wrote:
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> You will probably want to run sudo apt-get update first, so that the
> database of packages on your computer is up to date.  Then run sudo
> apt-get upgrade.
> If that does not clear all errors then try sudo apt-get dist-upgrade.
> The short explanation is that the last command is used if your install
> is quite old.
> Cheers,
> Michael Walters wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I did a man apt-get and found that there was an option called apt-get
> > upgrade, so I decided to try apt-get upgrade.
> >
> > Since I did not know what would happen, I was afraid I might mess up my
> > system, but I decided to try it any way.
> >
> > I found that I needed to run as root, so I su'd to root and ran apt-get
> > upgrade, and to my surprise, it seemed to work.
> >
> > After running for a while ( I decided to leave the computer running on
> > apt-get upgrade) there were  some error messages, but nothing serious
> > seemed to go wrong, so I decided to try out some things that might have
> > worked better if something worked.
> >
> > I tried the command aspell -c agenda20060513 which I did with tab
> > completion, until I got the full file name, and still got the same error
> > message that there were no word lists for us .
> >
> > So apparently apt-get upgrade did not break my system nor did it seem to
> > do anything positive for my system.
> >
> > I still want to get a binary stand alone program to spell check files
> > created under the vim editor and would also like to configure the vim
> > editor to keep the name of the file on the top of the screen when
> > editing a file within the screen which I used to be able to do at one
> > time. But now whenever I do a vi <filename> and then i for insert, the
> > file name completely disappears.
> >
> > Do any of you have suggestions as to how to download and install
> > aspell.bin and how to configure vim editor to keep the file name visible
> > on part of the screen? I did manage to configure the vim editor to line
> > wrap successfully. If I can do the other two items I would have the vim
> > editor fully configured for my purposes.
> >
> > Even with the vim editor as it is now I can edit .c files and can check
> > the c programs thus created and check their syntax and get simple c
> > programs working. And the vim editor does this by color coding the
> > characters on the screen in an intelligible way which gives me clues as
> > to what to do to edit the programs to make them work. And I can use the
> > first book on c programming that I got from my cousin to do the rest.
> >
> > regards,
> >
> > Michael Walters
> >
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