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how can you tell if an ubuntu 15.10 needs to reboot after patches?????

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how can you tell if a ubuntu instance would need to reboot after patches are downloaded and applied

i do see " reboot required " sometimes but is there another way to tell if a reboot is required after patches are downloaded and installed ?


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You can look at what patches are getting installed. If it is a kernel update, you should reboot. Most other updates don't need a reboot, bur rather just a restart of the service that got updated, or if it was part of the GUI you might be in, a logout, login, or for example if it is the browser, ending the browser then start it again.
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thanks , how can you see the patches and see that it was a kerel update , I am not to skilled on ubuntu at this point


thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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When you search for updates it should list what is going to update.
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If you install the debian-goodies package, you can run check-restart to see if you need to restart your system.

If you've installed lsof, you can also run
lsof | grep deleted
to see if you have deleted files from updates, that are still locked in use by the system.
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