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Re: Surprises during upgrade using Synaptic

On Thu, 2 Aug 2018, Richard Owlett wrote:

> For the first time I did a system upgrade against the online repository.
> In the past, due to local conditions, my upgrades were by doing a fresh
> install from purchased  DVD sets of latest point release.
> I was greeted by list of locales to added or upgraded. Not seeing any possible
> harm I allowed it. I then got a screen asking to accept my current locale. If
> it already knew my locale, why didn't just initially ask if I wanted my
> current locale updated?
> I was then greeted with choices to update several subsystems. I rather blindly
> accepted the recommendations. The explanations display seemed safe - would
> they be of use or just add bloat?
> I found Synaptic's Help - un-helpful (didn't give enough info on what was
> happening). Is there a web page aimed at a beginner/intermediate user to
> understand what is happening?

What problem are you trying to solve?  https://wiki.debian.org/Synaptic 
says synaptic is "targeted at ease of use" so maybe that is why it 
does not have the helpful additional info you are looking for?

On the other hand, each pkg can include scripts that run before or after 
installation.  That may be why you were asked a question.  I think there 
may be several ways to do it, but debconf https://wiki.debian.org/debconf 
is probably the way it is handled for most pkgs?

Every pkg has a changelog, a debian changelog, sometime a NEWS.debian, and 
usually one or two readme files at /usr/share/doc/<pkgname> so maybe 
looking up the readme for pkg locales will answer one of the questions.

good wiki here also https://wiki.debian.org/DebianPackageManagement

good luck.

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