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Since Tails only reports when it fails to upgrade, not when it succeeds I want to know where I can check to see if I have the latest version.

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Tails Upgrader should run automatically when Tails connects to the Tor network after startup. There shouldn't be a need to check the version manually: Tails should keep itself up to date.

If, for whatever reason, your system was unable to connect to the Tor network at startup (e.g. if you didn't have a network connection), then you can run the upgrader manually from the command line using tails-upgrade-frontend-wrapper.

The upgrader will tell you if your version is out of date.

If you really just want to check the version without relying on the upgrader, then run the following: cat /etc/amnesia/version.

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  • If I type cat/etc/amnesia/version I get the error message "No such file or directory". Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 17:14
  • cat is a command. There should be a space between that and the file path. Can you confirm that's what you've tried? Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 19:02
  • Oh, I see. That explains it. :-) Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 20:40

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