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cbrsandiego cbrsandiego is offline
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Default Update manager- necessary? - 03-18-2009, 04:25 AM

Is it necessary that I run every update? I just got the mini today and have been playing around. I already had the update manager come up and tell me that 4 updates are available. My mini is bare bones stock model, and I am afraid of using up all of the memory. I don't know much about computers, and certainly not Ubuntu. Thanks!
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tastewar tastewar is offline
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Default Re: Update manager- necessary? - 03-18-2009, 11:35 AM

Most of them don't take up much space, and they are either for stability of your OS and/or applications, or security of same, so I'd recommend taking them.

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ugm6hr ugm6hr is offline
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Default Re: Update manager- necessary? - 03-18-2009, 11:41 AM

Updates are not necessary, but advised for stability and security.

It is possible to download and install updates, and then delete the downloads as separate stages using Terminal. Overall, they should occupy very minimal space, since no new components are being installed.

To check for latest updates:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade -s
To download update files to /var/cache/apt/archives:
sudo apt-get upgrade -d
To (download) & install all updates (inc previously downloaded):
sudo apt-get upgrade
To delete downloaded update files from /var/cache/apt/archives:
sudo apt-get clean
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