automatic update notifer

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Tue Aug 26 22:40:27 BST 2008


Eberhard Roloff wrote:

> Peter Klaassen schrieb:
>> Op Tuesday 26 August 2008 20:53:40 schreef Willy K. Hamra:
>>> ok, open adept manager, in the adept menu, choose manage repositories,
>>> go to the updates tab, and make sure the "check for updates" checkbox is
>>> checked, and select the frequency of the checks from beside it, it is
>>> "daily" by default, and beneath it choose the setting suitable for you,
>>> i usually don't prefer automatic download and installation of packages.
>> 
>> All was already set in this way. (automatic daily automatic download)
>> But still under Hardy no effect.
>> 
> if nothing works you might enter willy's commandline generated updater
> into a cron table, either set to be executed at a fixed time or use
> the cron.daily file for execution "just once a day".

I don't use adept-manager, but apt should be running a job daily in any
case.  See /etc/cron.daily/apt (not to mention .../aptitude).  What they do
is controlled by the settings in /etc/apt/conf.d/, and I would expect
adept-manager to merely set 10periodic (or at least the same keys that I
have in that file):

APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1";
APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "0";
APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "0";

So, the first tells apt to run "apt-get update" daily, and the second says
not to download the packages (you want it to be "1", I guess).  I used to
do this, but now I have a bandwidth limited account, so I download when I
have bigger pipes.  The last says to purge /var/cache/apt/archives
every "n" days - which I do manually after running apt-move.
-- 
derek




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