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

jonas.diaz.1866 at jonas.diaz.1866 at
Wed Jun 23 18:56:22 UTC 2010

Uhmmm I don't like that option very much, because imagine that the security updates are being installed and I'm in a hurry and I need to shutdown the machine, I assume that It'll will bother you if Ubuntu tells you that you cannot shutdown the PC. Or there's a black out, something that is very common on Lat America, wouldn't it mess up the OS if the installation is stopped in the middle of the process???...I think that just adding the option and make it a non default choice will be enough.  Or is there a way to optimize the process of updating???...

Atte. Jonas.
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-----Original Message-----
From: Nathan Dorfman <na at>
Sender: ubuntu-devel-discuss-bounces at
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 14:32:34 
To: Scott Kitterman<ubuntu at>
Cc: <ubuntu-devel-discuss at>
Subject: Re: Shouldn't update-manager's "check for updates" setting have an 
	"hourly" option?

On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at> wrote:
> "Nathan Dorfman" <na at> wrote:
>>On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM,  <jonas.diaz.1866 at> wrote:
>>> I think is very simple...that option can be added but not make it the default choice, so anyone that can and want to activate it will be satisfied. We are just making Ubuntu richer in users' options.
>>I agree. This is exactly what I'm proposing. A valid point has been
>>raised about increased load on the update servers, but I think that's
>>an issue that will have to be addressed if needed, rather than a valid
>>reason to continue not having an hourly update option.
>>Moreover, how many people would even see the option or bother to
>>enable it? I would guess that most people probably don't want to be
>>harassed by update-manager more than once per day. On the other hand,
>>if you're in the subset of users who have "Install security updates
>>without confirmation" enabled, you might probably find that checking
>>for updates only once per day is insufficient.
>>Lastly, it is worth noting that Fedora is also a pretty high-profile
>>distribution, and they're able to provide this option (presumably)
>>without their servers grinding to a halt. Again, I would venture to
>>guess that only a small fraction of their users actually change the
>>setting from its default of "daily."
> AIUI, it wouldn't help much on Ubuntu since by default u-m doesn't pop up it's window for security updates if it's been opened in the last two days.

Wow. Honestly, I wasn't even aware of this. However, what if the
'install security updates without confirmation' option is enabled?

> Scott K

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