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Patching and Making Updates to Linux Mint

Making Updates to Linux Mint

Linux distros, such as Mint, normally detect patches automatically - and let you know which should be applied to your PC. If there are patches available for Mint - or any installed application - then the Mint Update Manager icon will display in the bottom panel.

Linux distros, such as Mint, normally detect patches automatically .. and let you know which should be applied to your PC

To open the Update Manager application, simply click on it's icon:

Mint Update Manager Icon

Note: if there are no patches pending, then the Update Manager icon will not be displayed in the bottom panel

In order to be allowed to run the Update Manager, you will need to enter the administrator (-or root) password:

Mint Admin Password Prompt

Once entered, the Update Manager main window will display, showing the packages available for your machine:

Note: you may also see a dialogue box showing that the patch catalogue is being downloaded, depending on the speed of your internet connection: if this is the case, wait for this to complete before continuing

Mint Update Manager Main Window

This window lists the patches that Mint has detected for all the software installed on your system : this includes patches to applications as well as the O/S itself. You can choose to install or skip any of these.

If you click on each update listed in the top part of the window, the bottom half will give you details of the patch to be applied and which software it is for. Patches are also given a priority - and you can limit those listed to a given priority - using the "Level" drop-down box.

You can then choose to select (-the default) or skip the update by checking / unchecking the box in the "Upgrade" column next to each patch. You can also use the "Select All" button to select all available patches or the "Clear" button to remove any selections previously made. Once your selection is made, simply click the “Install Updates” button under the menu bar to apply the selected patches to your system.

Normally, it is not necessary to shut down all your applications before updating.

Normally, it is not necessary to shut down all your applications before updating

If you choose to install the patches, the download of the patches will begin - and a new dialogue will open up showing you the progress:

Mint Downloading Software

If you prefer to see the detail of what is being downloaded, simply expand the "Show for individual files" tree within the dialogue:

Mint Downloading Software Details

Once the download of the patch(es) completes - a new dialogue will open up showing you the installation progress:

Ubuntu Updates

Once all your selected patches have been installed, the Update Manager window will simply close (-unless any errors occurred) and return you to the desktop. The thinking here is, I believe, that you can start the update, then just forget about it - and only be informed if there were errors.


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