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Ubuntu apt: "The following packages have been kept back"

From here.

Today after I upgraded an Ubuntu vm from “20.04” to “22.04”, I got the following error when running “apt-get dist-upgrade” in the vm:

The following packages have been kept back:

To fix this issue, as told in the post above, run the following command to install the package explicitly:

sudo apt-get install <list of packages kept back>

According to an article on ““:

If the dependencies have changed on one of the packages you have installed so that a new package must be installed to perform the upgrade then that will be listed as “kept-back”.