update manager could warn of possible need to restart before installing

Bug #255443 reported by njh on 2008-08-06
This bug affects 8 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

It is not generally possible to determine whether an update will require a restart until after the packages are installed. This goes against the general design principle of warning before doing anything disruptive.

hurst@linckia:~$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 8.04.1
Release: 8.04
hurst@linckia:~$ apt-cache policy update-manager
  Installed: 1:0.87.30
  Candidate: 1:0.87.30
  Version table:
 *** 1:0.87.30 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com hardy-proposed/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     1:0.87.27 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/main Packages
     1:0.87.24 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com hardy/main Packages
     1:0.81 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/main Packages

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Nick Ellery (nick.ellery) wrote :

When a restart is required after updating, you are not required to immediately restart your computer, and therefore IMO it is not at all disruptive.

Marking as wishlist.

Changed in update-manager:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in update-manager:
status: New → Confirmed
GUI_Junkie (hpolak) wrote :

The package manager should be aware that a restart is required. Why doesn't the package manager not know that beforehand?

When the package manager is aware a restart is required, an option button should be shown with restart - don't restart messages. This way, somebody can abandon the computer during update, and come back with a clean session.

I suppose that if somebody is working and the computer needs to reboot, the work in progress can be saved before the computer restarts.

My 0,02€

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package update-manager - 1:0.196.4

update-manager (1:0.196.4) trusty; urgency=low

  * lp:~mterry/update-manager/requires-restart:
    - warn if a update requires a reboot (LP: #255443)

    This requires that the packages that need a reboot set
    "XB-Restart-Required: system" in the package record
 -- Michael Vogt <email address hidden> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:51:50 +0100

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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