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When I SSH into my Ubuntu Desktop, I get some output saying:

0 packages can be updated.
0 updates are security updates.

However, running sudo apt-get upgrade tells me that a package (numix-icon-theme) can be upgraded. Is there a reason that I'm told there are no updates?

  • I relogged on a second ssh session with the first still open running apt-get update, so it may have been the update, or the relog. I'll check it out when I have more updates, though, thanks for the tip. – Kookerus Nov 5 '15 at 0:46
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The reason is either:

  1. there's a bug in the ~/.profile or /etc/profile (or wherever) code which detects and counts the available updated packages.

  2. apt-get update hasn't been run recently (i.e. since the updated package was made available). There's probably a cron job that runs apt-get update periodically. If it's important to you, modify the crontab entry so that it runs more frequently.

  • It doesn't bother me at all, I just thought it was just pretty interesting. Thanks for the help! – Kookerus Nov 5 '15 at 0:28

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