I use Linux Mint. Every 3-5 hours I see a new update notificaton. I have no probelm installing them, but just from curiosity, why do I get them that often? Is it a regular thing? Should I worry about it?

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    Updates are for the most part good. You should have settings in update manager on notifications. I do not have mint so I can not write a proper answer, - but should (hopefully) be settings like: How often to check, How often to display nofications, how to handle regular vs security updates etc.
    – ibuprofen
    Jun 2, 2021 at 20:44

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The mintupdate refresh the apt cache periodically and display the available packages upgrade, that's why you get a notification every 3-5 hours (the default is 2 hours, you can adjust it from the mintupdate preferences). It is a good feature to keep the system up-to-date.

When you receive a notification, you can upgrade your packages, by executing the following command (without executing sudo apt update because it is already done by mintupdate ):

sudo apt upgrade


sudo mintupdate-cli upgrade

See: man mintupdate

Linux Mint Update Manager explained

  • Does it not distinguish between security updates and regular updates? IMO security updates should be applied when they come (as soon as possible), Other updates can be bundled in a daily at most update. 3-5h update one every little tweak in a release sounds excessive.
    – ibuprofen
    Jun 2, 2021 at 21:01
  • @ibuprofen by default the automatic upgrade is disabled, it can be enabled in the preferences. It will apply all the available updates including the security updates.
    – GAD3R
    Jun 2, 2021 at 21:13
  • Hmm. OK. In Ubuntu one have «Software Updater» where the GUI has options as: Automatically check for updates: Daily, Every two days, Every week, etc. For security updates one have: Display immediately, Download Automatically, Install Automatically, For other updates: Display immediately, Display daily, Display weekly - But mint does perhaps not have that kind of granularity.
    – ibuprofen
    Jun 2, 2021 at 21:33
  • @ibuprofen i think that the updates have several importance levels ... i remember this from 8 years ago, so i could be wrong
    – jsotola
    Jun 2, 2021 at 22:04
  • Some users recommend to use Mint GUI update manager or mintupdate-cli instead of apt . apt apparently updates && upgrades in very simplified manner, relies mostly on ubuntu / mint devs not messing up, doesn't clean automatically unneeded dependencies, doesn't . I'd go with aptitude or mintupdate-cli on Linux mint. It is bit more clever. Cleans after itself, etc.
    – Greenmarty
    Jun 23, 2023 at 7:38

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