Ubuntu – Will apt-get dist-upgrade upgrade the system to newer version?


I am using Ubuntu 12.04 right now. If I use command sudo apt-get dist-upgrade will that upgrade my ubuntu to 12.10? Does that mean I am not using the LTS version after that? I don't want to use Ubuntu 12.10 because I already tried it and it's very heavy for my netbook.

Best Answer

You can read the man-page of apt-get to see what each command do.

Open the manual

man apt-get

Find the section dist-upgrade and read


       in addition to performing the function of upgrade,
       also intelligently handles changing dependencies with new versions
       of packages; apt-get has a "smart" conflict resolution system, and
       it will attempt to upgrade the most important packages at the
       expense of less important ones if necessary. So, dist-upgrade
       command may remove some packages. The /etc/apt/sources.list file
       contains a list of locations from which to retrieve desired package
       files. See also apt_preferences(5) for a mechanism for overriding
       the general settings for individual packages

See also: What is “dist-upgrade” and why does it upgrade more than “upgrade”?

In order to upgrade Ubuntu to a newer release you have to run in terminal

sudo do-release-upgrade

We read from the man-page

man do-release-upgrade


Upgrade the operating system to the latest release from the command-line. This is the preferred command if the machine has no graphic environment or if the machine is to be upgraded over a remote connection

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