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After talking about this with some people I found out they had newer versions of the software I had but, at that time, I had no updates for my system. A day later those updates did show up and I was able to get the fix that I needed to solve a problem.

So I was wondering if I could find out with a command or at a website if the repositories I use are indeed up to date and/or how long it will take for it to be up to date.

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Here is a great list of servers status and other useful information.

But if you go to System -> administartion -> update manager -> Ubuntu software and then select other in "download from". then you can select select best server.

This gives you the server that is the fastest and up-to-date.

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