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How to update Anaconda Navigator with terminal

I have previously posted about how to set up Anaconda, Jupyter Notebook, Tensorflow for Deep Learning, detailing the steps to take configure your Ubuntu Desktop to enable the development of artificial intelligence enabled applications.

I introduced Anaconda Navigator which is a great tool for quickly and easily creating different virtual environments for your development efforts.

In this post, I thought I would document how I overcame a particular issue I experienced while updating packages in one of my environments.

I tend to manage my environments making use of the terminal commands, and had decided to update my base conda environments. using the command


The operation went as planned however when I went o start the Anaconda Navigator form the terminal using the command


A series of errors were reported and Anaconda-Navigator simply wouldn't open.

I had a number of projects and environments already configured and I really didn't want to go through the process of configuring them again.

Fortunately, I remembered the Anaconda Navigator update command and thought I'd give a go, because evidently the issue seemed to arise from an update.

I tried executing the Anaconda Navigator using the terminal command


The command took about 2-5 minutes complete and I was able to restart the Anaconda -Navigator command without any issues.

I thought this might be worth sharing should others experience a similar issue.

Gary Woodfine
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