If I run the command
apt-get --simulate dist-upgrade, the output contains a list where each line is prefixed with
[truncated...] Inst ubuntu-artwork [1:14.04+16.04.20160621-0ubuntu1] (1:14.04+16.04.20160804-0ubuntu1 Ubuntu:16.04/xenial-updates [all]) Inst xdiagnose [3.8.4] (184.108.40.206 Ubuntu:16.04/xenial-updates [all]) Inst xserver-xorg-video-intel [2:2.99.917+git20160325-1ubuntu1] (2:2.99.917+git20160325-1ubuntu1.1 Ubuntu:16.04/xenial-updates [amd64]) Inst p11-kit [0.23.2-3] (0.23.2-5~ubuntu16.04.1 Ubuntu:16.04/xenial-updates [amd64]) Conf libaccountsservice0 (0.6.40-2ubuntu11.2 Ubuntu:16.04/xenial-updates [amd64]) Conf accountsservice (0.6.40-2ubuntu11.2 Ubuntu:16.04/xenial-updates [amd64]) Conf language-selector-common (0.165.4 Ubuntu:16.04/xenial-updates [all]) [truncated...]
Simulated runs print out a series of lines, each representing a dpkg operation: configure (Conf), remove (Remv) or unpack (Inst). Square brackets indicate broken packages, and empty square brackets indicate breaks that are of no consequence (rare).
Conf mean if apt-get dist-upgrade was run, the packages marked with
Conf would only have their configuration scripts run, i.e. the same as
The man pages description of
Inst says "unpack", this suggests to me, the package will be downloaded an unzipped, but that doesn't seem to make much sense.
What is the meaning of "Inst" and "Conf"?