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  1. Martin

    This is just the sort of "we know best" approach that has more or less driven me off Linux Mint back to Xubuntu and Debian. It would be slightly less annoying if all the Mint changes were well documented and designed to be parameterised so they can be switch off for people who know what they are doing.

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  2. Jamie

    I've seen this "solution" many times. It may have worked in 2011 (when it was posted on mint forums), but it hasn't worked for me now in 2014.

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    • Thanks for the feedback. I haven't tried this in Mint 17 yet. I'll take a look.

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    • It looks like the Mint guys are providing their own package for Synaptic with a higher version than the one from Ubuntu. You need to apply the fix above and then downgrade Synaptic to the one from the Ubuntu repo. The button will come back, but as soon as you mark all upgrades and install, Synaptic will get upgraded to the one from Mint. I think his can be resolved by apt pinning the package for Synaptic.

      I'll write it up when I get something that works.

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    • I have written a new post on how to do this on Linux Mint 17: http://tuxtweaks.com/2014/09/restore-mark-all-upgrades-in-synaptic-linux-mint-17/

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  3. Mikk

    Cheers, it is my preferred method to mark all updates as used in other 'distros', so I'm glad I tried your link first

    Thanks for the heads up, but I must get on my soapbox here and complain about the geeky way you're instructing people to achieve it. It's no wonder people are put off trying Linux when confronted with long winded commands like this. Especially when most are not needed and can be accomplished via the GUI. A classic example is downloaded files that need the permissions changing to make them executable. Invariably you're told to enter a command in the terminal when it's much simpler to right click the file, pick properties and put a cross in the appropriate place in the permissions tab.

    For this fix I right clicked the desktop picked 'create document' copied and pasted the relevant lines, renamed it as the required name. Navigated to etc/linuxmint/adjustments and right clicked again and picked 'open as root' to delete the offending file and then add the new one. Then in synaptic I searched for itself, right clicked it and picked 'mark for reinstallation' Job done without using the terminal once. It might seem a long winded way of doing it in this example, but these are skills most people possess and give more understanding of what they're actually doing instead of (mostly blindly) copying a command into a terminal.

    Linux is awash with similar solutions to problems where they seem to delight in the most obscure command line cures without ever giving an easier option to try. I've been using Linux over a decade and I remember some head up his arse 'guru' who told me I'd never get anywhere in Linux without learning to love the 'grep' command!! 11 years later, I have still never used the grep command, nor do I see a time when I'll need to

    Oops, sorry for waffling on and thanks again for the cure

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  4. Don Humberson

    I really do prefer apt-get, but I paid the cost to get up that learning curve a long time ago. Among GUI tools for Debian branch distros my top choice is Synaptic, both because it simply performs faster and because it gets in my way less.

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  5. terry

    well that was so easy.....thankyou so much......
    not sure if i need this button but anyway...
    i am impressed

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    • Linerd

      You're welcome ;)

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