How can I update MATE with the version on this


I want to update the MATE 1.6 version on the above version to the latest MATE 1.8.

Do I have to reinstall it, or is there an easier way?

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Looking here, it seems the only version of MATE in the Raspbian repositories currently is 1.8,1 and that their own web page is not up to date.

First, make sure the local records are up to date:

sudo apt-get update

Then try apt-cache showpkg mate-desktop. If you get nothing, see the footnote. If you get some information including:


You should be good to go. You could try:

sudo apt-get install --only-upgrade mate-desktop

Note there are a bunch of packages involved in the desktop and this may or may not update all of them. I recommend you just:

apt-get update

Which will do the whole system. This may take a while; you may also run into complications if you've added jessie to your repo as per the footnote but not done a dist-upgrade.

  1. But it does not seem to be on the package list for Raspbian wheezy; if I try apt-cache search mate-desktop on a wheezy pi I actually get nothing (hmmph...). It shows up on a jessie pi, though. You may not have to dist-upgrade but I think you likely will, see How can I access Raspbian Jessie packages from Wheezy?
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    Is a apt-get dist-upgrade needed for this?
    – Bex
    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:35
  • @Bex I think probably it would -- missed that point before. I've added a footnote and some other details about this.
    – goldilocks
    Jun 2, 2015 at 14:04

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