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After aptitude safe-upgrade finishes running, it outputs something like this:

Current status: 0 updates [-14].

What does the "[-14]" mean?

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See also aptitude current status warning –  sds May 30 at 21:13

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I guess it is the number of packages that has been upgraded. Did you see the something like below at the confirmation prompt:

14 packages upgraded, 4 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 230 MB/231 MB of archives. After unpacking 187 MB will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?] 
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