I'm very new to Linux. I'm trying to gain an understanding of APT and would like some clarity on the output of this command. What am I to glean from this?

apt-get update:

Hit:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease
Get:2 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates InRelease [102 kB]
Get:3 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security InRelease [102 kB]
Hit:4 http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/sublime-text-2/ubuntu xenial InRelease                                                              
Get:5 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports InRelease [102 kB]
Fetched 306 kB in 0s (377 kB/s)                             
Reading package lists... Done

What is a hit and what is a get? Thanks.


1 Answer 1


If you really want to know, you could download a copy of the source:

git clone git://anonscm.debian.org/apt/apt.git

But my sense of the status words are:

Hit: Comparing metadata with remote site.

Get: Fetching new, improved version from remote site.

Ign: A non-critical error occurred.

Err: A critical error occurred.

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