Shouldn't update-manager's "check for updates" setting have an "hourly" option?

Erik Andersen erik.b.andersen at
Wed Jun 23 04:46:30 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 21:38, Nathan Dorfman <na at> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 11:28 PM, Dylan McCall <dylanmccall at> wrote:
> > Keep in mind that checking for updates involves a non-trivial download
> > of package lists from all repositories the user is subscribed to.
> > Unfortunately, it is a much more intense operation than it appears.
> >
> A fair point, but I think that up to 24 hours without a critical
> security update could be undesirable in some situations. Certainly, I
> think the default should remain "daily." For what it's worth, Fedora's
> default is daily but it does provide an hourly option. I still think
> it would be preferable for Ubuntu to have one as well...
> --
What would happen if the package lists were retrieved using zsync?
Wouldn't that make it so there was less downloading, and the
differences calculations would be on the client, not the server.

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