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If I have installed packages via the terminal e.g. apt-get install flashplugin-installer, are updates available via the Update Manager?

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If you are talking about Debian system like in your example, yes, but don't try to e.g. mix rpm and yum in weird ways. –  Benjamin Bannier Mar 8 '12 at 8:47
    
@honk - Please see my comment below to akira –  PeanutsMonkey Mar 8 '12 at 8:50

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yes. coz the "Update Manager" is just a shiny shell around the command-line technology.

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Why is that I have an older version of Flash installed and Update Manager has not eluded to me to update it? –  PeanutsMonkey Mar 8 '12 at 8:50
    
specify "older". specify "older than what". aside from that: if it is not showing up in the repositories (which are the backend of the update-manager-stuff) then it won't show you that there is something "new" .. coz it bases it's decision upon those repositories. –  akira Mar 8 '12 at 8:58
    
When I say older, I mean an older version. For example I have .62 installed however I am aware that .63 is available. So if a patch is critical as is in the case of Adobe Flash, why would a repository not be updated? How long does it take a repository to announce updates? –  PeanutsMonkey Mar 8 '12 at 9:01
    
it takes as long as the folks who maintain the repositories need to integrate it. –  akira Mar 8 '12 at 9:03
    
How do you keep on top of critical patches then? –  PeanutsMonkey Mar 8 '12 at 9:13

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