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In Ubuntu 11.04 Server when I would log in via ssh it would tell me how many packages are available for updating in the welcome message. After upgrading to 11.10 I no longer get that information. Is there a package I need to install or a config file that needs changing?

11.04 output:

Welcome to Ubuntu 11.10 (GNU/Linux 3.0.0-12-generic x86_64)

 * Documentation:  https://help.ubuntu.com/

32 packages can be updated.
8 updates are security updates.

Last login: Mon Nov 21 16:19:01 2011 from han-solo.local

11.10 output:

Welcome to Ubuntu 11.10 (GNU/Linux 3.0.0-12-server x86_64)

 * Documentation:  https://help.ubuntu.com/11.10/serverguide/C
No mail.
Last login: Tue Nov 22 19:07:19 2011 from han-solo.local
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There probably are simply no updates available for installation. I recommend checking:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

(Please note that it is possible that there are updates available, but that they only recently became available, and were not seen before running sudo apt-get update. If you want to know for sure if the reason you're not being notified of updates is because there are none available, then you should run sudo apt-get upgrade or sudo apt-get dist-upgrade before running sudo apt-get update. But it's advisable to then cancel rather than accepting the updates--if there are any--and run sudo apt-get update before actually updating.)

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The welcome banner is also only updated once per day. You may need to wait a few days to be sure it is not working correctly. –  david6 Nov 23 '11 at 0:54

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