I am running Debian 9 (stretch) and have just tried to run
apt-get update and
apt-get upgrade in order to update my (test) webserver as part of regular maintenance.
apt-get upgrade says:
The following packages have been kept back: linux-image-amd64 mariadb-client-10.1 mariadb-server mariadb-server-10.1 mariadb-server-core-10.1
I understand that
apt-get upgrade is, sensibly, cautious about package updates, and will only update already installed packages, rather than bringing in any new additional dependencies already. (I have already seen this older related question.)
I know that I could instead run
apt-get dist-upgrade in order to "force" the dependencies to be installed. I am just wondering if there is any particular reason why these MariaDB updates have been held back, and if there is any way to tell whether it might to risky to install them regardless?
(Yes, this is only a test server, so it would not be the worst thing if I tried the upgrade and it failed somehow (and I would then know that I should ignore those updates for the live server), but I am just wondering if there is any way to find out what the issue with these packages might be (such as finding out what version would be being expected to be installed, and whether there might be anything in the Debian package release notes that I could refer to)?)
Currently, I have the following versions installed:
- mysql Ver 15.1 Distrib 10.1.26-MariaDB, for debian-linux-gnu (x86_64) using readline 5.2
- Server version: 10.1.26-MariaDB-0+deb9u1 Debian 9.1
My main concern is to ensure that my server is up to date with security updates, as far as possible.