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Old 11-29-2009, 12:10 PM   #1
mrbiomathe
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How do i know that my System is up-to-date?


Hi..
i have SLES 11 and activated the daily updates.

But i don't know if the system :
  1. dowloads the updates
  2. if the downloaded updates are immidiately installed
  3. some updates need to reboot the system. does it automatically reboot or
    does he(the system) inform me ? (where ?)

sorry... i am a Linux newbie
 
Old 11-29-2009, 04:48 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by mrbiomathe View Post
i have SLES 11 and activated the daily updates.
so you have paid the fees and registered?

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But i don't know if the system :
  1. dowloads the updates
  2. if the downloaded updates are immidiately installed
  3. some updates need to reboot the system. does it automatically reboot or
    does he(the system) inform me ? (where ?)

sorry... i am a Linux newbie
the easiest way is to go into Yast > Install and Remove software or Yast > Software Updates and see if you can tell what is going on (there are detail differences depending on which GUI you are using).

Can you see some packages for which the versions are in blue or red text? Those have more up-to-date versions available.

When you went into yast, did it try to get updates from the defined repositories?; if not you need to configure the repos to update automatically.

Do you get warning about security updates (probably something like a stop sign pops up in a tray somewhere on your desktop...maybe not if you are using Enlightenment, Windowmaker or maybe XFCE as your desktop...or maybe you have removed that applet from your desktop)? You should get those automatically and, if, after a week or two you haven't seen anything, something seems wrong as these are quite frequent.


Bleah; sorry I misread SLES as SLED (my bad!). You probably don't have a desktop, but you can still get into the curses version of yast from the command line. There is probably a command line 'alerter' for security updates, but I don't know about that.

Last edited by salasi; 11-29-2009 at 04:52 PM. Reason: the usual
 
Old 11-29-2009, 04:55 PM   #3
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Quote:
But i don't know if the system :

dowloads the updates
It won't unless you tell it to. It should ask, and in my experience, it always does.

Usually you are offered the details of what is going to be updated, and you can choose if you want to do that, or not.

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if the downloaded updates are immidiately installed
If you choose to update an application, Eg Firefox, the update will be installed, but you won't notice until you restart Firefox or logout and login again. Even then, you might not notice any difference in behaviour, but perhaps security issues have been fixed (invisibly to you, as a user).
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some updates need to reboot the system. does it automatically reboot or
does he(the system) inform me ? (where ?)
AFAIK the only "update" that needs a reboot is a kernel update.

This will not be applied until you reboot. Then the new kernel will be used to run your computer.

If the kernel update is not to your liking, you can revert to your previous kernel from the grub boot menu.

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