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    To "apt-get update" or not?, that is the question

    I have done a hd-install of Knoppix v3.4 and everything is working just fine (in fact just perfectly), and I was wondering whether I should do an apt-get update periodically to keep things upto date.

    Since v3.4 is based upon Sid, which is unstable, isn't it potentially very dangerous to update (being a beginner)?

    After all, if it isn't broke, why try to fix it?

    What are the advantages/disadvantages of updating periodically?

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    Tim

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    If you don't update, you'll potentially miss out on security patches.
    If you do update, you'll potentially break stuff. Normally, broken stuff gets fixed though.

    On balance, I'd update.

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    Re: To "apt-get update" or not?, that is the quest

    Quote Originally Posted by timread
    I have done a hd-install of Knoppix v3.4 and everything is working just fine (in fact just perfectly), and I was wondering whether I should do an apt-get update periodically to keep things upto date.

    Since v3.4 is based upon Sid, which is unstable, isn't it potentially very dangerous to update (being a beginner)?

    After all, if it isn't broke, why try to fix it?

    What are the advantages/disadvantages of updating periodically?

    Thanks


    Tim
    You absolutely have to do apt-get update or apt won't work.
    I think what you meant is apt-get upgrade and yes do it. You can however edit your /etc/apt/sources.list and change /etc/apt/apt.conf and decicde what you'd like to upgrade to.

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    Good point mzilikazi,

    I noticed the mistake on the apt-get issue, and was thinking the same thing... You have to do a apt-get update, its the apt-get upgrade that could be a concern.

    I do the apt-get update, any time I want to install, or search, or packages that I may want to use/find, its the apt-get upgrade I don't do. (1) being I have only had bad luck with it, and (2) I am currently running v3.3, which is one "main" version behind what is current.

    If I did a apt-get upgrade at this time, I would be throwing in a whole host of possible problems in breaking pipes and dependancies. I would consider doing a apt-get upgrade is I knew I was current with what is currently out, its an easy way to keep yourself current, that way you don't get into where I am at...

    Hope this helps,
    Ms. Cuddles

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