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I think that this should be tracked in its own separate bug tracking my
specific UX objection to the current status quo.

subsequent discussion and

We think that the updating of indexes should be an implementation detail
of "apt upgrade" and "apt install", rather than something exposed to the
user. If updating is judged be required (for example the index is more
than X old), then it should be done automatically before the requested
operation commences.

Here's one proposed implementation:

1) Fix bug 1429285 ("apt-get update --if-necessary").

2) Add an option to have "apt install" and "apt upgrade" (also "apt
full-upgrade", etc?) automatically and internally call the
implementation of "apt-get update --if-necessary" first.

3) Enable the option by default on Ubuntu.

This would change the behaviour of "apt", which AIUI is intended to be
the user focused CLI. It wouldn't change the behaviour of "apt-get",
which AIUI needs to retain behavioural backwards compatibility for
existing scripts.

Then we could promote "apt install" and "apt upgrade" as much simpler
commands to operate.

Note that Julian disagreed with this proposed behaviour change in I
think that the very user-focused Ubuntu perspective should be to focus
on the common use case for "apt". Hence my (compromise) suggestion that
we implement this as an option upstream, and then leave it to distros to
choose the default behaviour for their users.

** Affects: apt (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Wishlist
         Status: New

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