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Old 03-31-2017, 01:36 AM   #1
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Question A question on apt-get dist-upgrade in pclinuxos


Is there a difference when using apt-get upgrade or apt-get dist-upgrade?

Is using apt-get dist-upgrade similar to downloading a new iso from pclinuxos and upgrading that way.


Old 03-31-2017, 04:06 AM   #2
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I see that you've marked this thread as solved.

To answer the original question, if apt-get upgrade encounters a dependency conflict then it goes no further. It doesn't remove packages under any circumstances. apt-get dist-upgrade (aka apt-get full-upgrade), on the other hand, uses a dependency conflict resolution algorithm to solve any such conflicts, which may involve the removal of some packages. In essence, it attempts to upgrade more important packages at the expense of less important ones.

Effectively, that's it.

Therefore, I would advise people to run apt-get update followed by apt-get upgrade. If a dependency conflict then arises, try to determine the actual problem before just going ahead and attempting a dist-upgrade solution.

All these commands need root permission.
Old 03-31-2017, 06:59 AM   #3
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PCLinux is a rolling release so there should be no reason to do that if you do regular updates as recommended at their site.


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