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Debian 9.30 Maintenance Plan

Postby mike acker » 2018-02-27 09:56

Debian 9.30 Maintenance

I spent some time hunting thru the Synaptic Package Manager for the package updater but I didn't find it.

I'm thinking a combination of apt-get update followed by apt-get upgrade -- will probably suffice, except for the kernel, maybe--

too, trips to the backports are needed at times, Darktable being one I've needed several times.

we should be on Firefox 58 but I see we are on 52.
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Re: Debian 9.30 Maintenance Plan

Postby Lysander » 2018-02-27 10:12

It is very simple to update your software, just use

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#apt update


and, if updates are available

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#apt full-upgrade


The version of Firefox that ships with Debian is 52 ESR. It will not update to 58.

You have to understand how Debian works. It will not update FF 52 to 58 or, e.g. Libre Office 5.4 to version 6. If Libreoffice 5.4 has been tested to work on Debian 9, it will remain as 5.4 and will receive only incremental updates. This ethic is what makes Debian stable what it is. However, if you want to use other versions of Firefox, look at the Debian Wiki. It's all there.

If I were you I would get out of the habit of using Synaptic. You don't need it.
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Re: Debian 9.30 Maintenance Plan

Postby mike acker » 2018-02-27 10:51

Lysander wrote:It is very simple to update your software, just use

Code: Select all
#apt update


and, if updates are available

Code: Select all
#apt full-upgrade


The version of Firefox that ships with Debian is 52 ESR. It will not update to 58.

You have to understand how Debian works. It will not update FF 52 to 58 or, e.g. Libre Office 5.4 to version 6. If Libreoffice 5.4 has been tested to work on Debian 9, it will remain as 5.4 and will receive only incremental updates. This ethic is what makes Debian stable what it is. However, if you want to use other versions of Firefox, look at the Debian Wiki. It's all there.

If I were you I would get out of the habit of using Synaptic. You don't need it.


Thanks :D this is just what I need!
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Re: Debian 9.30 Maintenance Plan

Postby None1975 » 2018-02-27 15:07

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Re: Debian 9.30 Maintenance Plan

Postby mike acker » 2018-02-27 22:55

Getting updated software

I followed the instructions on this Mozilla Page:

Getting Fire Fox V.58

Following their instructions I left their package in the my Software Installs directory. Their starter script works like a charm.

so, I created a little bash script that I can launch from my desktop.

some software doesn't always need to be updated. At other times it is needed. In my experience this has to be resolved 1 issue at a time.
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