Should i force install updates held back

Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS
Release: 22.04
Codename: jammy

I’m not a complete noob to Lubuntu or Linux (I’ve distro hopped from Absolute to Zorin OS) and found Lubuntu to be a good fit for my pc.

I was doing updates through my terminal and the following message came up :

Get more security updates through Ubuntu Pro with 'esm-apps' enabled:
    imagemagick libopusfile0 libopenexr25 libpostproc55
   libmagickcore-6.q16-6-extra libavcodec58 libmagickwand-6.q16-6 libavutil56
   imagemagick-6.q16 libswscale5 libmagickcore-6.q16-6 libswresample3
   imagemagick-6-common libavformat58 libavfilter7
  Learn more about Ubuntu Pro at
  The following packages have been kept back:
  alsa-ucm-conf distro-info-data libpulse-mainloop-glib0 libpulse0 libpulsedsp pulseaudio
  pulseaudio-module-bluetooth pulseaudio-utils
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 8 not upgraded

My questions are, is it ok to force install the items held back, should i enable “esm-apps”, and in regards to a pop up I always get on the desktop for upgrading, should i apply it or ignore it? i usually ignore it and only do upgrades through the terminal. Thank you!

You appear [to me] to be asking if you should enable Ubuntu Pro. That’s a decision only you can make [in my opinion].

You gave no details of what package versions you’ve currently got installed, picking one at random from your paste and with a CLI enquiry (rmadison) I’d expect you to have

libmagickcore-6.q16-6-extra | 8: | jammy-updates/universe | amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, ppc64el, riscv64, s390x

installed, but you didn’t say what you have installed (an online enquiry can be seen here)

Ubuntu Pro offers security patches to ‘universe’ repository packages, which has never been available before, being a new optional feature. No changes have been made to security for packages from ‘main’ (ie. we still get them!)

For more details on Ubuntu Pro, many links are available

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These probably aren’t installing if you did sudo apt upgrade because they may have additional dependencies that you have to approve installation of (new packages, etc.).

The rest you can ignore because Ubuntu Pro is not an Lubuntu offering. Those applications specified have some updates present in Pro, but Pro is optional. Only the packages under “The following packages have been kept back” are of importance to your core question.


I’ve always let the updates install when they are ready.

I figured the updates that were held back was because of missing dependencies and when ready will install the next time I run updates.

Perhaps I’m wrong.

If the dependencies require new packages that weren’t previously installed, it’ll be held back until you use apt full-upgrade or such. Pro upgrades never install unless you enable pro.

This is seen frequently with kernel updates as an example case where you have to approve installing the new kernel packages.


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