I have installed Geary mail client 0.4.0 from software center. After I read there is a new version, 0.4.1, I added the PPA through terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
sudo apt-get update

Still, I am stuck with 0.4.0.

Have I done something wrong?


this -

sudo apt-get update

Only updates the repository , use

sudo apt-get upgrade 

Upgrade is used to install the newest versions of all packages currently installed on the system from the sources enumerated in /etc/apt/sources.list.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Dist-upgrade in addition to performing the function of also intelligently handles anging dependencies with new versions of packages; apt-get has a "smart" conflict resolution system, and it will attempt to upgrade the most important packages at the expense of less important ones if necessary. So, dist-Upgrade command may remove some packages.

As mentioned before update will install all the newest packages , If you only want to update a particular package use-

sudo apt-get install package_name

But if everything other then that package is already updated , you can directly use UPDATE.


Run the below commands on terminal to update geary,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
sudo apt-get update    
sudo apt-get install geary
  • upgrade will update all the installed applications.To update geary see my answer. – Avinash Raj Dec 6 '13 at 13:58

You need to run :

sudo apt-get upgrade

After apt-get update

P.S this will update all the packages on your system
To update a particular package use :

sudo apt-get install package-name

in your case :

sudo apt-get install geary


This question is not the same, but the same answers generally apply. Mostly the answer by Luis Alvarado.

And to add on all the current answers here, I would like to add 1 more reason that I keep having with the Firefox beta PPA. (Though the other answers here are most likely the correct solution for you)

When trying to upgrade a package by adding a new PPA, if the package doesn't get upgraded you can check on launchpad to make sure there is a successful build that is available for your version of the OS.

For example I have added the PPA for Firefox beta.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next

My system is Ubuntu 13.10 x64. So checking the PPA on launchpad (https://launchpad.net/~mozillateam/+archive/firefox-next/+packages), it seems that, currently, the build for that specific Ubuntu version on the 64 bit architecture failed. Thus the package did not get upgraded and I got stuck with the release version of Firefox instead of the beta version.

Failed build for Raring amd64

As long as the PPA is on launchpad, you can always do this check.
In your case, you need to check https://launchpad.net/~yorba/+archive/ppa/+packages.
Currently there doesn't seem to be any failed build, but this answer can be helpful for future & similar problems.

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