No Ubuntu 20.04 updates in two weeks?

Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS
Release: 20.04
Codename: focal

I've been running Ubuntu for a couple of years on Linode. I do a…

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

… every Saturday morning. I can't remember a Saturday when there was not at least ONE package that needed updating.

The past TWO WEEKS there have been no updates for me on Saturday. Very strange.

Is it possible I turned on some kind of auto-update daemon and these are being done in the background? Even if I did wouldn't there be some log somewhere that would show the update?

Help would be appreciated.

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I believe Linode hosts its own mirrors for Ubuntu updates. I know it does with CentOS, or it has in the past. Changing from the Linode mirrors to whatever Ubuntu usually has in their /etc/apt/sources.list file may help you. When I did something similar with CentOS once, I found that packages that didn't have an upgrade or had not been available with the Linode mirrors, were available with the official CentOS mirrors. I also received more upgrades upon making the switch.

Here are the repositories that get used:

$ sudo apt update
Hit:1 focal InRelease
Hit:2 focal-updates InRelease
Hit:3 focal-backports InRelease
Hit:4 focal-security InRelease
Hit:5 focal InRelease
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
All packages are up to date.

You may be right about the mirrors but over the years I've never had even one problem with a Linode mirror and so I see no reason to switch… unless there is some issue that necessitates it.

My two Linode Ubuntu LTS servers (one tiny test and one large production) run just fine.

Of course all I have on them are a bunch of Apache virtual hosted sites… one that is in WordPress and the rest using just Bootstrap (i.e my ham radio QSL card biz site… )… nothing complex here (like React or Angular!)

No updates for 2 weeks on a rev that's 2 years old is pretty par for the course. I'd be really worried if there were no updates for two weeks on 22.04 (the current LTS rev)…

-- sw

I'd be really worried if there were no updates for two weeks on 22.04 (the current LTS rev)…

I'm wondering if I should update to 22.04… and how to best do it. I think it can be done using a backup. But changing to a new IP… that will entail a ton of changes at the registry. This is probably a topic for a new thread… and I'm sure there is a Linode guide on how best to do it.

I guess what I'm asking is WHEN do most people decide it is the "right time" to move to the next LTS version?


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