I know why they're listed as held-back, and I know what I want to do to get them updated, but I've got like 100 or more packages that are held-back so it's not a simple matter of copy/pasting the list from the apt-get upgrade command because of the multiple lines and multiple screens worth of packages.

How can I streamline this from my current solution of copy/pasting just some of them at a time?

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    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade should take care of that automatically. If you have a problem with that please add more info, namely the errors - if any - after doing apt-get update. – user589808 Sep 23 '16 at 17:28
  • I agree with @CelticWarrior The other answers on that page that is linked is saying how dangerous using dist-upgrade is. I have used it many times. Make sure that you pay attention to it wanting to install and not remove TONS of packages. Plus, without using dist-upgrade there is no way to go to the next point release, i.e. 16.04.1 to 16.04.2 without manually downloading the next release from the site. – Terrance Sep 23 '16 at 17:36

dpkg -l | grep ^h shows the packages that have been held back.

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