Well continuing in my recent “bashing Lucid Lynx” trend I have found a problem once again. I am sure that we are all familiar with the graphical interface for updating our system. If not then you can find it by going to System > Administration > Update Manager. Well for some reason for me this program decides to freeze as well, and unlike Firefox it doesn’t ever recover. Luckily there is a way to apply updates from the terminal (see the terminal is your second best friend, Google is first). The command you will need is
sudo apt-get upgrade
This will install the newest version of all packages (programs) that are currently on your system. Here is what the man page says
upgrade is used to install the newest versions of all packagescurrently installed on the system from the sources enumerated in/etc/apt/sources.list. Packages currently installed with newversions available are retrieved and upgraded; under nocircumstances are currently installed packages removed, or packagesnot already installed retrieved and installed. New versions ofcurrently installed packages that cannot be upgraded withoutchanging the install status of another package will be left attheir current version. An update must be performed first so thatapt-get knows that new versions of packages are available.
So after reading this it would seem that you might have to run either
sudo apt-get autoremove or
sudo apt-get autoclean.
I am not sure if this will also take care of security updates as well so just to be on the safe side I would assume not. So I’ll have to find a way to get this done from the terminal as well. Hope this was helpful to some of you, or at least provided you with a bit of new information.