Refresh the package list when the cache is updated using apt-get update or other methods

Bug #327494 reported by C. Cooke on 2009-02-10
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-manager (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Jaunty by Ben Davis
Nominated for Karmic by Ben Davis

Bug Description

The update-manager window includes a display telling you when the package information was last updated; however, this display is static. Ubuntu is configured to regularly update package information, but an open update-manager window will never notice this.

This can lead to obviously wrong data, as in the attached screenshot. What's worse, if you click the tray icon informing you that there are updates, the update-manager is merely refocussed... and still says there are no updates. This is misleading and causes confusion.

To be clear:

I expect:
The update-manager window to update when the system's package information has been updated, telling me what packages are ready to be installed

What happened:
The update-manager window never updates unless manually told to, assuring users that there are no updates just because they left the update-manager window open.

(While it's true that this could delay some users applying security patches, I don't think it justifies ticking the security vulnerability box :-)

Description: Ubuntu jaunty (development branch)
Release: 9.04

  Installed: 1:0.97.1
  Candidate: 1:0.97.1
  Version table:
 *** 1:0.97.1 0
        500 jaunty/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Revision history for this message
C. Cooke (ccooke) wrote :
Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Robert Roth (evfool) on 2011-07-29
summary: - [Jaunty] Update Manager's display of package update information is
- misleading
+ Refresh the package list when the cache is updated using apt-get update
+ or other methods
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