Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is there any way to change/customize, so when you type (in terminal) sudo apt-get update that all the information (including download and install) is returned in the terminal instead of in a separate window?

What I'm looking for is the normal way, that (at least before and in other Linux distribution) shows what needs to update in plain text in the terminal and with a simple Y/N prompt.

The behavior is this:


share|improve this question
Do you mean that sudo apt-get update displays results in a separate GUI window? – moon.musick Aug 28 '13 at 13:05
indeed... and I dont like it :P – Natherul Aug 28 '13 at 13:05
Strange. Can you take a screenshot of this "other" window where all the information is returned to? – Alaa Ali Aug 28 '13 at 13:09 however theres no updates available at this time, so its returning all the information using the software updater – Natherul Aug 28 '13 at 13:19
up vote 1 down vote accepted

You need to configure the update-manager to not automatically open when new updates are available. It typically doesn't just display a window though. It is designed to open as a minimized application, so you should only see it in the running apps list. You can simply close and ignore it, if you wish, and use sudo apt-get upgrade or sudo apt-get dist-upgrade to install any packages that need upgrading, after running sudo apt-get update.

share|improve this answer
ok, and how do I configure the update-manager so that it does not auto open? I mean I still find it useful for something to remind me if there is any updates, but I dont want to get anything more then i simple notification – Natherul Aug 28 '13 at 14:01
It seems there is no way to have it never auto-open now. But you can set the value to be once a year or month or so, to avoid it popping up when there aren't security updates. You can run gsettings set com.ubuntu.update-notifier regular-auto-launch-interval 365 to set it to be once every year, for example. – dobey Aug 28 '13 at 16:05

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.