Pending update notification (web and server)

When I log into my domain page, it sasy “System software is up to date”.

However, sshing in, and running apt update shows I have eight pending updates as follows:

he following NEW packages will be installed:
linux-headers-4.15.0-72 linux-headers-4.15.0-72-generic
linux-image-4.15.0-72-generic linux-modules-4.15.0-72-generic
The following packages will be upgraded:
libsqlite3-0 linux-generic linux-headers-generic linux-image-generic
linux-libc-dev sqlite3

Also, LTS 18.04 server log in message says nothing to update.


  1. How should I interpret the web login notification about no updates?

  2. Why does the server say no updates are pending?

Thank you very much, and loving MIAB.

What I pay attention to is the emails coming in telling me the system status. When there is something there that needs upgrading, then that is when I log in and take care of things.

What happens if you run apt-get instead of apt?

apt-get and apt should show the same exact packages requiring updates.

I have not investigated this … so I may be talking out my rear end but …

As MiaB is using unattended-upgrades to keep the OS packages updated, I have to wonder if they are suppressing the messages as it is expected that the upgrades will be installed at the 3AM maintenance time?

Just my untested theory.

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I do see a combination of my upgrades and the unattended upgrades occurring. I ssh in and check for the presence of updates daily.

I’m going to check with another forum to see if I can make sense of what /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-ugrades really means. Also, that file has a section to control the issuance of an email.

I guess all this is not important if the system is maintained, but I dislike having loose ends like these two issues. I’m new at running a real server like this, so my inclination to perform the updates manually maybe misguided.

Thanks to all.


Right now, the server log message shows no pending updates.

The MIAB status page shows 4 pending updates:
grub-common/bionic-updates 2.02-2ubuntu8.14 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.02-2ubuntu8.13]
grub-pc/bionic-updates 2.02-2ubuntu8.14 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.02-2ubuntu8.13]
grub-pc-bin/bionic-updates 2.02-2ubuntu8.14 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.02-2ubuntu8.13]
grub2-common/bionic-updates 2.02-2ubuntu8.14 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.02-2ubuntu8.13]

Running apt list --upgradable shows the four that agree to those above.

I’m going to wait until this time tomorrow to see if the unattended upgrades facility works as expected.