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Old 04-15-2020, 04:44 PM   #1
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Disparity between APT and Gnome Software


This may not strictly be a Debian issue, but I use Debian, so here it is.

I installed Gnome Software purely to have a GUI for browsing applications and also it can be handy as it notifies you when there are updates (which is often if using Testing).

I still do "apt update" to update things when notified, which has worked great for months. Gnome Software would say everything is up to date after doing this.

Recently, I have found that Gnome Software does not think everything is up to date and if I try to use this software to do the update it has a little pop-up saying "the following dependencies have not been met" and refuses to do anything about it. It fails to actually tell you what those dependencies are and APT is happy that all is well.

Not a major issue, but annoying all the same!

Anyone have any ideas?

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Old 04-15-2020, 05:21 PM   #2
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apt and apt-get can be a bit confusing.

The update option is used to download package information from all configured sources. Other commands operate on this data to e.g. perform package upgrades or search in and display details about all packages available for installation.

The upgrade option is is used to actually install available upgrades of all packages currently installed on the system from the sources configured via sources.list.

Gnome Software is the GUI front end for APT. Since the sources.list etc appeared to be up to date I guess it was happy but no upgrades were actually being performed.

I use apt-get but apt should also work and hopefully upgrade will "synchronize" your system.
apt update
apt upgrade
 
Old 04-15-2020, 05:32 PM   #3
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apt and apt-get can be a bit confusing.

The update option is used to download package information from all configured sources. Other commands operate on this data to e.g. perform package upgrades or search in and display details about all packages available for installation.

The upgrade option is is used to actually install available upgrades of all packages currently installed on the system from the sources configured via sources.list.

Gnome Software is the GUI front end for APT. Since the sources.list etc appeared to be up to date I guess it was happy but no upgrades were actually being performed.

I use apt-get but apt should also work and hopefully upgrade will "synchronize" your system.
apt update
apt upgrade
I am regularly running "apt update" and "apt upgrade" and all is fine and dandy, but Gnome Software still says there are OS updates and that dependencies have not been met (without mention which ones). Just annoying really.
 
Old 04-15-2020, 05:37 PM   #4
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Ok, without knowing which packages etc I don't know what else I can do.

A similar thing happened on one of my CentOS systems and could never fix it. It was time to upgrade versions anyway so it didn't matter.
 
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I am regularly running "apt update" and "apt upgrade" and all is fine and dandy, but Gnome Software still says there are OS updates and that dependencies have not been met (without mention which ones).
These issues will eventually work themselves out as you install upgrades, but, if this really bugs you, you could try

Code:
apt-get dist-upgrade
 
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Old 04-16-2020, 04:07 AM   #6
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These issues will eventually work themselves out as you install upgrades, but, if this really bugs you, you could try

Code:
apt-get dist-upgrade
Excellent - that seemed to fix the issue - thank you! Out of interest, is there any real difference or advantage in using apt-get over apt? I had read about it a while back and thought that apt was the "new" way, although I did not look much further into it. I have for the past year been doing apt update and apt upgrade (and now apt dist-upgrade).

Thanks again.
 
  


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