I've noticed that since updating to Emacs 24.4, installing packages doesn't refresh their status after installation. If I install, it still appears available to install. How can I force it to refresh?

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  • It sounds like you're talking about the package menu. If so, what does the Help buffer have to do with it?
    – Malabarba
    Commented Nov 12, 2014 at 19:34
  • If you click on a package in package-menu. The buffer called *Help* pops up with package details including dependencies, categories, other available versions, and basic readme documentation--as well as an [Install] button.
    – wdkrnls
    Commented Nov 12, 2014 at 20:15
  • I'd show a picture, but my Emacs is currently inoperable due to failed updating of Elpa.
    – wdkrnls
    Commented Nov 12, 2014 at 20:17
  • looking at the picture, I suppose it says that it's already installed, and leaves the install button there.
    – wdkrnls
    Commented Nov 12, 2014 at 20:48
  • Ok, I see what you mean. Are you sure that it wasn't like this before you upgraded to 24.4?
    – Malabarba
    Commented Nov 12, 2014 at 20:48

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It turns out the Help for packages changed in 24.4 so that the information I thought wasn't getting updated is and is shown on the Other versions line.

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