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Old 09-11-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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Mint 13: update-manager needs a kick in the ass


Hi there,

I'm running Linux Mint 13 (Maya) on three different PCs, and each of them has the same issue: The update manager (represented by a panel icon with a green tick mark) always reports that my system is up to date. It never detects availability of updates on its own. Even a right-click on the icon and selecting "Refresh" from the context menu doesn't bring up any news.

Only after I double-click the icon and enter my password for being sudo'ed, update manager starts retrieving the list of available updates.

Is it just me, or does anybody else have this effect, too? - I mean, the purpose of update manager is to notify me of updates without my explicit asking for it, is it? Shouldn't it retrieve the list of available updates in the background from time to time? Mint 12 did, and the Ubuntus I used in the past also did.

Maybe it's a configuration issue, but even an almost fresh install of Mint 13 MATE on my notebook shows this behavior.

Any ideas?

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Old 09-11-2013, 01:26 PM   #2
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What are you using kde ore gnome ?
Which gnome at bottom there is a taskbar with include a shield it change color to green when there are updates for you're system .
If you put you're computer to sleep or shutdown it takes sometimes before it change color
So yes it tells without you're explicit asking

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Old 09-11-2013, 02:06 PM   #3
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Hi there,

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What are you using kde ore gnome ?
Neither of them. I was about to reply angrily: "Read my post again."
But then I did so myself and found that I'd only mentioned that fact for the notebook installation. Sorry, I wasn't clear enough about that.
In fact, all three systems in question are using neither Gnome nor KDE, but MATE.

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Which gnome at bottom there is a taskbar with include a shield it change color to green when there are updates for you're system .
If you put you're computer to sleep or shutdown it takes sometimes before it change color
So yes it tells without you're explicit asking
MATE does not. From Mint 12 (also with MATE) I'm used to that icon turning into a blue "i" symbol. Not in MATE under Mint 13.

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Old 01-29-2014, 02:16 AM   #4
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Hi there,

coming back here after quite some time I might add to the thread, just in case someone still finds it interesting ...

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The update manager (represented by a panel icon with a green tick mark) always reports that my system is up to date. It never detects availability of updates on its own. Even a right-click on the icon and selecting "Refresh" from the context menu doesn't bring up any news.

Only after I double-click the icon and enter my password for being sudo'ed, update manager starts retrieving the list of available updates.
It seems to me that this was in fact a bug in MATE's update manager, because at some time in between, this odd behavior reverted to what I consider normal and correct. Probably fixed with some update of Update Manager.
Now it actually retrieves the list of updates in the background and notifies me by changing its icon.

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