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I press the "Install Updates", Update Manager goes on to refreshing the updates list but does not install them.

I can install the updates through apt-get though. What could be the problem?

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Are we talking about Ubuntu, or Debian? – Avery Payne Jan 6 '10 at 23:11
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I assume you're talking about Ubuntu, and not Debian. The following answer assumes this is the case, although you might want to clarify your question a bit more.

First, it's a bug. Second, close the update manager, then in the upper-right corner, click on the icon representing the update manager, and select install updates. The update manager will appear; click on the install checkbox, and they should install.

If the update manager is not running in the upper right-portion of the screen, yet you have updates, it could be you have some file corruption issues that can easily be fixed. While logged into a Gnome session (regular graphical session), press Alt-F2, and type this:


Then in the terminal, type:

sudo apt-get clean ; sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Close the terminal once it is completely finished. It may take a short while to force the issue.

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That did the trick! Million thanks! – jldupont Jan 9 '10 at 22:59

I cut & pasted this command into the terminal and it ran and it updated several packages, but I don't have an Update Manager icon in my top panel, at the right or anywhere else on the panel (except in System > Admin > Update Manager, of course).

Should I in fact have the UM icon in the top panel at right? I'm running karmic on 64-bit ubuntu system75 Wild Dog desktop.

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@watchpocket: this is not the place to ask a question but to answer one. – jldupont Jan 10 '10 at 12:54

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