I'm running newly installed Ubuntu 12.04 in my computer.

After the commandsudo apt-get update, my terminal shows the following message:

Reading package lists... Done

After that, nothing happens. What's wrong?

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    What did you expect to happen instead? Dropping back to your shell after updating the package lists seems like the normal behaviour to me.
    – gertvdijk
    May 23, 2013 at 9:56

3 Answers 3


There is nothing wrong with your system: sudo apt-get update will only update the package list. To really update packages, you have to type: sudo apt-get upgrade afterwards as well!

let me add to this that sudo apt-get upgrade will finish with Reading state information... Done 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded if you already have installed all latest updates. When you already have installed all updates for your system, sudo apt-get upgrade will not reinstall stuff. If you get a message along the lines of x packages have been kept back, you should run sudo apt-get dist-upgrade.

  • sorry sir but here no any downloaded packages are installed.
    – user160904
    May 22, 2013 at 15:35
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    You can disagree with the answer, but it is factually accurate. Run sudo apt-get update and then also sudo apt-get upgrade. Think of it as the difference between 'checking for available updates' and then 'upgrading the available updates,' in a sense. He is correct.
    – gravity
    May 22, 2013 at 15:47
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    If you system is up to date already, nothing will be downloaded or updated with sudo apt-get update. Sometimes packages are held and you need to do sudo apt-get dist-upgrade, see the apt-get man page for details. If you are having a problem , post the error message or output, but I see nothing wrong or abnormal here.
    – Panther
    May 22, 2013 at 16:02

This might be because your


is empty.

If so, Ubuntu Sources List Generator helps you get a default sources.list.

This Generator right now supports version later than 12.04.



If you are thinking of only updating, you can as well do it by using update manager.

Press the Superkey (Windows key) to launch the Dash and search for Update Manager http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/upgrade

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