mintInstall 5.3.6 – faster refresh

A new version of mintInstall was added to Romeo for Linux Mint 5 Elyssa and Linux Mint 6 Felicia.


– The refresh process is now much faster. If data is already present (icons, mint files, screenshots) it doesn’t get downloaded again.

From Romeo to Stable branches of the repository:

– Romeo is where new packages go first. We rely on your feedback to assess their quality and whether or not they should be moved to the “main” section of the repositories. So please tell us what you think and if you experience any problem.

– We’re supporting both the latest version of Linux Mint (version 6 Felicia) and the latest LTS version of Linux Mint (version 5 Elyssa). When giving feedback, please make sure to mention which version you’re currently running.


  1. Unfortunately there seems to be some error with the present version right now. I don’t know if it affects the new version

  2. Refreshed/started in a few seconds, thats great, and installed programs without any problem.

    Mint 6 Main Edition

    thank you for the new version

  3. I’ve voiced this before, it’s not specific to the current version, but the category tree is kind of misaligned. It’s not a big deal of course, but looks kinda unpleasant. It would be nice to have category names at the same level aligned to the left and not preceded by a random number of white spaces (or whatever it is that makes them appear a little further to the right) for no obvious reason.

    Otherwise, great to see the major redundancy concern affecting the refresh speed being addressed. It seemed to be the only significant issue that kept bugging people around (hasn’t been a problem for me personally). And comparing mintInstall to Synaptic (and subsequently qualifying it as redundant) is just shallow. Keep up the good work lads! It’s a good example of what a software manager should be looking like (and I mean a “software”, no a “package” manager).

  4. I notice that comments and reviews aren’t updated when you refresh, even though I know there are new reviews and comments out there.

  5. I would like to see a link to a .mint file provided in these announcements. This would make it simple to quickly try out new packages as they are placed into Romeo.

  6. I’ve found that the error was in my computer.
    If you experience that mintInstall locks up delete the /~/.linuxmint/mintInstall folder and the chances are that it works again. You have to download everything again of course. I mention this here as I get questions about it in the forum

  7. Old Marcus: There’s a cache on the server, otherwise we’d have our databased pulled every time a user clicks refresh :))

  8. Philip-III: It was looked at but after struggling with glade it was left like that. I added this to the list of things I’ll go through for Mint 7 so there’s a chance I manage to fix it early in the future.

  9. I have updated to the new version and noticed a small speed up when refreshing. I guess a little is better than no increase in speed at all. 🙂 Thanks for working on this issue.

  10. Thanks for the hard work. It’s great. I’m using the fluxbox mint disto, and the new mintinstall only comes up if I get to it from mintconfig. Where do I direct the link in my menu to make it load the newest mintinstall?

  11. the new MintInstall is nice and fast, ther is only a glitch/bug:
    if you have an new app from an upstream repo, you can not see the version 🙁

  12. Andy: A workaround is to define your proxy settings in Gnome and run mintInstall from a terminal –> /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintInstall/

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