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Hidden Linux : apt-get secrets

Jul 22, 2010, 14:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Geoff Palmer)

"apt-get is the package handling utility behind Debian-based Linux systems such as Ubuntu, Mint and Mepis. You may be using it 'by proxy' via GUI-based package managers such as Synaptic, but hardened Linux users tend to prefer the command line - especially as the latter has a couple of neat tricks up its sleeve.

"(Not that if you're not a super-user you'll need to prefix the following commands with sudo - well, all but the last one ...)

"The basics

apt-get update
Resynchronise installed packages with their sources. (Always do this before an upgrade.)

apt-get upgrade
Install the newest version of all packages installed on the system.

apt-get dist-update
Upgrade to the latest version of your distribution."

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