Updating your system

It’s crucial that you have an updated system, updates make the Raspbian OS run faster, add new features, improve the efficiency of the machine and patch security holes. Normally you’d have to use Shell-code to do this, but it can be replaced by clicking three simple buttons in Pi-Assistant.

Updating your system is a three-step action. First you’ll need to clean the system, this will remove old packages. In the next phase you’ll need to download the new software packages. Finally you’ll need to upgrade your system, this will install the downloaded packages. From time to time you may be prompted to do this.

Please note that it’s strongly advised to keep your Raspberry’s updated. I recommend to update each Pi at least once a month.

If you have some knowledge about Secure Shell you can perform the updates remotely, this manual however is targeted at novice users and the method described here needs physical access to that machine and needs to be ran in the ‘Pi’ user account.

  • Launch Pi-Assistant.py
    • Click the button that says ‘PHASE1: Clean (preparing system)’
    • Wait until the terminal says STATUS: Done
    • Now you can click the button that says ‘PHASE2: Update (getting packages)'
    • Wait until the terminal says STATUS: Done
    • Now you can click the button that says ‘PHASE3: Upgrade (upgrading system)'
      • If you’re prompted choose YES by typing ‘Y’.
      • Please note that after configuring the lightdm.config and config.txt files you need to refuse any update that overwrites these files (Unless it is a crucial update).