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Thread: Why does the problem reporter say that things are always out of date?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2013

    Why does the problem reporter say that things are always out of date?

    I have automatic updates turned on. It runs regularly. I have for years. The problem reporter always says things are out of date. Seems to complain every time I boot, yet things seem to be fine. How do I remove it, as it is useless?

    For instance I always see something like this:

    The problem cannot be reported:

    You have some obsolete package versions installed. Please upgrade the following packages and check if the problem still occurs:

    apt, apt-utils, ca-certificates, dbus, dbus-x11, file, glib-networking, glib-networking-common, glib-networking-services, krb5-locales, libapt-inst2.0, libapt-pkg5.0, libarchive13, libblkid1, libc6, libcups2, libcurl3-gnutls, libdbus-1-3, libexif12, libfdisk1, libfreetype6, libgd3, libglib2.0-0, libglib2.0-data, libgnutls30, libgssapi-krb5-2, libicu55, libjpeg-turbo8, libk5crypto3, libkrb5-3, libkrb5support0, libldap-2.4-2, libmagic1, libmount1, libnss3, libnss3-nssdb, libp11-kit0, libpam-modules, libpam-modules-bin, libpam-runtime, libpam-systemd, libpam0g, libprocps4, libproxy1v5, libpython2.7, libpython2.7-minimal, libpython2.7-stdlib, librsvg2-2, librsvg2-common, libsane, libsane-common, libsasl2-2, libsasl2-modules, libsasl2-modules-db, libseccomp2, libsmartcols1, libsmbclient, libsqlite3-0, libssl1.0.0, libsystemd0, libudev1, libuuid1, libwbclient0, libx11-6, libx11-data, libx11-xcb1, libxml2, mount, multiarch-support, openssl, p11-kit, p11-kit-modules, perl-base, procps, python2.7, python2.7-minimal, samba-libs, systemd, ubuntu-keyring, udev, util-linux, uuid-runtime

    ii apt 1.2.32 amd64 commandline package manager

    I have 16.04.6 LTS

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010

    Re: Why does the problem reporter say that things are always out of date?

    I think auto-updates only do security updates, not everything.
    I don't do auto-updates, been burned a few times, left with unworking systems.

    Anyways, every week, run these:
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt full-upgrade
    sudo apt autoremove
    apt shouldn't be used in any crontab script. Use apt-get instead if that is your intention. apt has a warning about the API not being stable. Believe it.

    Also, check whether the system needs to be rebooted afterwards and reboot within the next 24 hrs, if needed. Some desktop apps can have issue when their unloaded libraries get updated and they are still running, then get loaded. Servers tend to handle these updates better and can handle reboot delays a few days, usually. Most of the time, reboots aren't necessary.

    This link seems a bit dated, but . At this point, really should be using sudoedit to edit system files.
    Another set of options:


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