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Old 05-23-2015, 12:14 PM   #1
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How can i find out what certain updates do and what there purpose is

I have looked at the descriptions of the updates in the update manager but they are really to vague to really understand them. Can someone help me find a place were i can go on the net that can help me find more info and specific details? i am afraid of giving certain people control over my computer certain updates make me feel like i am giving user control to someone else or just leaving it open for everyone
this is the update accountsservice / query and manipulate user account information- shared libraries
Can some tell me what this update really does
Old 05-23-2015, 12:20 PM   #2
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It depends on what updates you are referring to.

It is entirely possible to take a package update (the most general and necessarily rather vague descriptions) and go to the project supporting that package.

As long as that package is open source/GPL licensed, you can inspect the project and find every minor change made for that version update, and usually the descriptions will be MUCH more relevant and clear. Usually there is even a changelog for the version (though I have found that log tends to be a little less clear), and usually a mailing list archive that can give even more detail around the discussion about the updates.

And the most detailed are the actual patches to the code.
Old 05-23-2015, 12:31 PM   #3
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I don't understand the reasoning here. Why would you trust that there is no hidden malware installed as default with the operating system but think that the updates would contain it?
The updates you receive are to fix bugs and security holes in the operating system and its libraries and applications and, assuming that you installed your Linux version in the standard way, will be from the same source as the initial operating system.
In other words the updates can be trusted as much as the initial install is trusted so if you don't trust them you should uninstall Linux now.
Old 05-23-2015, 10:34 PM   #4
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unless it is some odd unknown obscure OS

there should always be enough info in a one line description
to go to the bugzilla listing
the project page
grab the SRC and read the changelog
the changelog has a short description of every change


if it is on GIT "read the code "
you can look at each and every change in a commit

most GUI packagemanagers will show a line or two on WHAT is being fixed
-- sometimes it might be a FEW PARAGRAPHS
Old 05-24-2015, 03:17 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Yin7676
accountsservice / query and manipulate user account information- shared libraries
It would be useful if we knew which version of the package your package manager is trying to install. Anyway, according to your profile you're running the latest release of Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu (unless you're running LMDE, which was based on Debian testing but recently switched to stable). The latest Ubuntu release is "Vivid Vervet", and like previous versions it includes this package, which apparently is also included in Linux Mint:

According to the Ubuntu change log, the package was updated last time on 18 November 2014 (build 10), in order to "get debug symbols on all architectures":

Ubuntu Changelog for package "accountsservice"

This, on the other hand, is the change log from Debian. The package was updated last time on 28 July 2014:

Debian Changelog for package "accountsservice"

If you have just installed Linux Mint for the first time, the package manager will probably try to update all packages for which it can find, on the official repository, a newer build than the one included in the original release. So don't worry, that's the way it works. If you don't trust Linux Mint, Ubuntu or Debian, then all you have to do is to switch to another distribution which you trust.

Btw, welcome to LQ!

Last edited by Philip Lacroix; 05-28-2015 at 06:04 AM. Reason: LMDE now from Debian stable
Old 05-26-2015, 02:14 AM   #6
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you have to trust your distro, there's no other way really.
also usually, when you update, you should make a complete update. partial updates can lead to all sorts of problems.
you should look at your sources list, which, iirc, is located at:
if something fishy were going on, it would probably reflect there.


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