[ubuntu-uk] Automatic check for updates

Paul Tansom paul at aptanet.com
Wed Sep 30 15:39:20 UTC 2015

I've got a new(ish) Ubuntu 14.04 LTS install that I'm preparing to replace an
older 12.04 LTS one. When I log in on the 12.04 install I get a notification in
red at the bottom right of my Byobu session that notifies me of updates. On the
14.04 one I only ever get this after I've manually done an `aptitude update`.
It looks as though all I need to do is add some configuration to the
/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/ directory, and I'm quite happy with doing this. The thing
that puzzles me is why I've got this difference. Is it a policy change or is
there an official way (other than manually crafting a suitable script - or
copying one from my 12.04 install) to set this up. Unfortunately my Google-fu
is failing me on this one. Everything I find either talks about apticron or
cron-apt, or references the software manager GUI.

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