Ubuntu: how to update an individual app through terminal



Question:

I want to update Firefox alone without updating all applications. And I want to do it through terminal. Is that possible? Because I have a slow internet connection.

I'm using Ubuntu 15.04 with a GNOME desktop environment.


Solution:1

To only upgrade Firefox on its own do:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade firefox  

or

sudo apt-get upgrade firefox  

from man apt-get

upgrade      upgrade is used to install the newest versions of all packages      currently installed on the system from the sources enumerated in      /etc/apt/sources.list. Packages currently installed with new versions      available are retrieved and upgraded; under no circumstances are      currently installed packages removed, or packages not already      installed retrieved and installed. New versions of currently      installed packages that cannot be upgraded without changing the      install status of another package will be left at their current      version. An update must be performed first so that apt-get knows      that new versions of packages are available.    dist-upgrade      dist-upgrade in addition to performing the function of upgrade, also      intelligently handles changing dependencies with new versions of      packages; apt-get has a "smart" conflict resolution system, and it      will attempt to upgrade the most important packages at the expense of      less important ones if necessary. The dist-upgrade command may      therefore remove some packages. The /etc/apt/sources.list file      contains a list of locations from which to retrieve desired package      files. See also apt_preferences(5) for a mechanism for overriding the      general settings for individual packages.  


Solution:2

To upgrade only Firefox from the terminal type:

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install firefox    

If your Firefox is already the latest version the command will not install any new package, and you will get the following message:

firefox is already the newest version.  

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