Shall we support the autorun feature?

Michael Vogt michael.vogt at
Thu Jan 6 16:28:50 CST 2005

On Wed, Jan 05, 2005 at 08:45:45AM -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 05, 2005 at 10:52:30AM +0100, Michael Vogt wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 04, 2005 at 06:33:26PM -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > > This doesn't seem to be in Hoary yet.  Michael, when do you plan to add it,
> > > and to which package? (update-manager?)  I'd be interested to see how it
> > > works, and would like to ensure that the same idea can be applied to
> > > security update CDs.
> > 
> > It's part of the upgrade-notifier. If you run upgrade notifier it will
> > hook into libhal and monitor for mount events. If you run
> > upgrade-notifier and you insert a new (not-yet-seen) ubuntu cd in the
> > drive it will prompt and ask if it should should start the package
> > manager with it. 
> Ah, so it isn't a script at all, then.  It sounds very cool!  Do you
> consider it complete?  Would it benefit from additional testing from the
> Hoary community?

I put some more work into it today and uploaded it as update-notifier
(note the name change) 0.37.1. Testing is very welcome. I think we
should add it to the gnome-default session soon now. 

It's current behavious is to ask on unknown ubuntu cds:
[cancel] [Start package manager] [Automatically upgrade]

If the user clicks on "automatic update" synaptic is started, scans
the cd automatically and does a dist-upgrade. In "package manager"
mode synaptic is started, it scans the cd and then the user scan
deciede what to do next.

I wonder if I should ask that always, not only for not-yet-scanned
cds (under the assumption that a user who inserts a ubuntu cd usually
wants to install something).


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