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For example, say I use Anki. Whenever Anki updates, I have to go to their website, download a .deb, open it in Ubuntu Software Center, and then click "upgrade."

My limited understanding of repositories says that Anki should get updated when I run "apt-get update" and "apt-get upgrade." Why doesn't it? Is there something I can do to change that?

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Programs are only upgraded automatically if you installed them via

sudo apt-get install <program>

or the Software Center.

If you install if from another source (.deb, .tar.gz, etc.), you'll need to manage updates yourself.

Sometimes, you can find a PPA for the software which updates as long as the PPA maintainer updates it.

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