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Title: Unattended upgrade is ignoring some packages
ID: /2019/07/20/Unattended-upgrade-is-ignoring-some-packages
Created: July 20, 2019    Edited:  July 22, 2019
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A similar question was asked before:

The accept answer states:

Most of the answer is in your unattended-upgrades logfile, located at

Here’s an example:

2018-01-08 06:17:51,770 INFO Starting unattended upgrades script  
2018-01-08 06:17:51,771 INFO Allowed origins are: ['o=Ubuntu,a=xenial-security']  
2018-01-08 06:18:07,765 INFO No packages found that can be upgraded unattended and no pending auto-removals  

Take a look at that middle line β€˜Allowed origins’. That means Software
Repositories. The only source there is -security. Not -upgrades, not
-backports, no PPAs, no third-party repos.

In other words, this example unattended-upgrades is only providing
security upgrades. Nothing else.

You can add, remove, or edit Allowed Origins (repositories) through
the Software and Updates Control Panel, or by editing the
unattended-upgrades config file, located at

The rest of the answer is that Xenial (16.04) is two years old. Fewer
new security updates for old software.

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