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In my apt-update extension for gnome, there are 3 updates pending. They are linux-generic-hwe-18.04 linux-headers-generic-hwe-18.04 and linux-image-generic-hwe-18.04

When I run sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade I find The following packages have been kept back: linux-generic-hwe-18.04 linux-headers-generic-hwe-18.04 linux-image-generic-hwe-18.04

Then again when I run this sudo apt install linux-generic-hwe-18.04, it prompted me for a download of 326 MB of data to download.

What are these actually? And do i need to install them? If not how to avoid them like removing their entry from anywhere or something like that?

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    these packages are updates to the linux kernel. You might have broken dependencies. You can run sudo apt-get check to see. You may need to run sudo apt-get autoremove and sudo apt-get -f install to automatically remove outdated packages and to attempt to correct broken dependencies. – Nmath Jun 29 at 0:59
  • Try sudo apt-get dist-update – cmak.fr Jun 29 at 1:22
  • @cmak.fr It should be sudo apt-get dist-upgrade – Alex P 2 days ago
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linux-generic-hwe-18.04   

is the metapackage that upgrades the kernel and kernel-headers from Kerneltree 4.18.

If you have more than 1 metapackage on your system you get more kernel-packages than you need. Control which is the current one by runnnig uname -a Identify which metapackages are on your system. dpkg -l | fgrep linux-generic

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