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Old 01-02-2004, 08:03 PM   #1
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apt-get held back

Can anyone explain why apt-get holds back some program upgrades? I recently ran it and it upgraded 4 programs and held four back. Just wondering why. Thanks
Old 01-02-2004, 08:22 PM   #2
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I was in doubt, but found this

Your current package configuration, and available upgrade packages,
conflict with existing versions of some package. Until the dependencies
are resolved, the older version of the package is retained -- the
package is "held back".

Typically, these issues resolve over time. You can force updates (and
risk conflicts) by using apt-get or dpkg manually on a specific package,
see man pages.
Old 01-02-2004, 10:34 PM   #3
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apt-get will not update things w/ addl pakg requirements w/o your explicit command. So if you see there are updates that are not being installed you must tell apt: "apt-get install $pkg_name" and it will tell you that there are new pkgs to install. Just hit "y" and [enter] and it will install/upgrade.
Old 01-03-2004, 04:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info


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