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update-manager [options]

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Update-manager is a frontend for the apt package management system. It allows you to perform some actions of the command line tool apt-get in a graphical environment.

Update-manager is especially designed for upgrading your system, or migrating your system towards a more recent version.


For a daily use, you may launch update-manager with no options so that your system is just upgraded.

For migration purposes, update-manager accepts some options:
, --help

Show a similar help message

-V, --version

Show version


Directory that contains the data files

-c, --check-dist-upgrades

Check if a new distribution release is available

-d, --devel-release

Check if upgrading to the latest devel release is possible

-p, --proposed

Upgrade using the latest proposed version of the release upgrader


Do not focus on map when starting


Try to run a dist-upgrade

-s, --sandbox

Test the upgrade with a sandbox aufs overlay, without changing the filesystem.

actions performed during an upgrade to a new version

* eventually reinstall the package ubuntu-desktop

* switch to an updated sources.list entries

* adds the default user to new groups if needed


Copyright (C) 2006-2007 Canonical

There is NO warranty. You may redistribute this software under the terms of the GNU General Public License. For more information about these matters, see the files named COPYING.

see also

Synaptic, sources.list, aptitude


update-manager was developed by Michael Vogt <mvo[:at:]ubuntu[:dot:]com> with various contributors (see AUTHORS file)

This manual page was originally written by Bruno Mangin and Michael Vogt <mvo[:at:]ubuntu[:dot:]com>.

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