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

Joao Pinto joao.pinto at
Wed Jun 23 07:07:29 UTC 2010

> 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.
AFAIK the download is only performed if the packages list was changed, if
the local file timestamp matches the server file the cache will be kept
intact. This would only have a significant impact for a very volatile

João Luís Marques Pinto
GetDeb Team Leader
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