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Old 05-07-2009, 10:33 AM   #1
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Tray Icon says "A package manager is working"

Hello everyone. This is my first post here. I've done a search both of Google and this forum but have not come across this specific question addressed.

I've been in Linux for two months, but just in the past few days I've twice noticed an icon that appears briefly in the system tray with this tool tip: "A package manager is working".

This makes me a little nervous because it sounds as if something is being installed or updated that I didn't authorize.

My distro is Mint Felicia, and up until this occurred I was feeling fairly comfortable with it (except for the occasional flash problem with Firefox that I keep having to work around, like so many other users).

Any insight offered will be much appreciated.
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It's probably just your package manager looking for updates that are available for install. Much like Windows AutoUpdate.
Old 05-07-2009, 10:47 AM   #3
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Mint, Ubuntu and such kind of distro is aimed for those that want easy of use. That's why a lot of people coming from windows to linux for first time use them.

I guess that can be deactivated, then you will need to do all the security updates by yourself. However I have no experience with mint (nor ubuntu for that matter), so I can't tell you how.
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Thanks, SlowCoder, for the speedy response.

Can you tell me what the difference would be between the icon in question and the padlock icon that's always there, that flashes on and off when it's checking for updates and shows itself unlocked or broken when other activity is occurring.
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Thanks to i92guboj

I don't mind having the automatic update notifier - that icon is a padlock and it's very active when it's trying to tell me something. This other icon is a lacy looking circular thing that just sits there until I hover over it with the mouse to read the tool tip, which is cryptic to say the least.
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Maybe I should try to be more clear:

My understanding is that the Synaptic Package Manager does not update itself and that's the reason for the Reload button that you have to remember to use before installing a package - to make sure you get the very latest version.

I also understand that the padlock icon notifies me of available updates to the distro itself, and I can see it working often throughout the day.

Since the other icon I'm concerned about says "A" package manager, is it possible there are other package managers I don't know about running in the background, updating themselves when they feel like it?
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there's a package manager and an update notification two seperate processes. the update notification gets information from the package manager about available updates. it can't do it on it's own.

so I think what you are seeing is the package manager running it's standard check for updates, and if it finds any, the status of the update notification icon will change to Updates available.


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