Is it safe to dist-upgrade?


First thing I did once I was able to ssh to my freedombox was
# apt-get update
# apt-get dist-upgrade

I did change the app page in Plinth. And probably installed or configured cockpit.
I do not know was else it could have changed.
Was it alright to dist-upgrade ?
should I go on configuring the freedombox or start afresh a new intall ?


Best regards,

It sounds like you figured it out, but you almost never want to run apt-get dist-upgrade.
The common command is “apt-get upgrade” or just “apt upgrade”

You probably didn’t mess anything up. If apt upgrade runs without errors I wouldn’t worry, but also don’t run apt dist-upgrade unless you have a very deliberate reason to do so (like when Debian 11 comes out, if the freedombox/Debian websites say this is necessary.)


Thanks for your answer.
Maybe I should upgrade my way to upgrade.
I apt-get dist-upgrade on all my debian computers…
Thanks again,

Best regards,


FreedomBox upgrades the system automatically on a schedule. You usually don’t have to do manual upgrades.

You’d only need a dist-upgrade if upgrading the system from stable to testing or unstable. Please note that upgrade from one stable Debian version to the next will also be handled by FreedomBox.

my freedombox is stuck on 20.14

the package “freedombox” is being held back.

any way to update the system (autoupdates, etc… enabled but not working)

~$ time sudo apt upgrade
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Calculating upgrade… Done
The following packages have been kept back:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.

Can you try this?

sudo apt update
sudo apt install freedombox

I was only able to manually upgrade with another workaround: