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Old 04-23-2004, 01:50 PM   #1
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UPgrade ? regarding apt-get

If you have a package already installed on your system and you want to upgrade it with the latest version, would running the apt-get install <program> automatically upgrade the program or will it install over the current package on your system over writing settings and configs of that program?

Hope this question makes sense.

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Old 04-23-2004, 04:30 PM   #2
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There are a couple of steps involved. If you want to keep the system up to date the process is apt-get update which updates the list of packages available on your system the next step is apt-get dist-upgrade. This last step compares the state of your system with the packages available and replaces any that have been updated.
Old 04-23-2004, 06:39 PM   #3
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so you just cant update one package at a time from the command line? I'm not looking to upgrade the distribution or updating ALL of the packages on my system. I just want to update a few select packages.
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"apt-get install package_name" will do what you want. The default for most programs is to use the config setting already in place.
Old 04-23-2004, 07:19 PM   #5
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isnt it Ļapt-get install <packet name> upgradeĻ
without quotes
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If you type that, it will upgrade whatever package you have in <>, then it will upgrade anything else on the system that can be upgraded. When you type "apt-get install", anything that follows is a list. Kind of like using the rm command. If you type "rm a b c", it will remove the files named a, b, and c.


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