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How do i update only pidgin using apt-get?

I tried

> sudo apt-get update pidgin

but i get

> The update command takes no arguments
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marked as duplicate by Eric Carvalho, Radu Rădeanu, Mitch, user68186, belacqua Jun 13 '13 at 19:57

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What version of Pidgin do you have now? – Mitch Jun 13 '13 at 7:43
i have version 2.10.3 – pbaris Jun 13 '13 at 7:44

To update Pidgin to 2.10.7, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pidgin-developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pidgin
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Thanks to this answer by Peachy

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install pidgin

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As man apt-get describes it, apt-get update will resynchronize the package index files from their sources while apt-get upgrade will install the newest versions of all packages currently installed on the system from the sources enumerated in your package list aforementioned.

As described in other answers, if you want a newest version than the one in standard packages of your distribution, you have to either edit your sources lists, add a new PPA, install from more recent binaries or compile from source.

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