[ubuntu-uk] Automatic check for updates

Paul Tansom paul at aptanet.com
Wed Sep 30 16:53:31 UTC 2015

** Dave Morley <davmor2 at davmor2.co.uk> [2015-09-30 16:44]:
> On Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:39:20 +0100
> Paul Tansom <paul at aptanet.com> wrote:
> > 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.
> > 
> On the whole the check only run weekly so depending on how often you
> log into the systems will depend on how often it shows up.

I log in daily, and update notifications definitely show up more frequently
than weekly. When I get an update notification on the 12.04 box I run an
`aptitude update` and often find one for the 14.04 as well. Today (which
prompted the email) I've done some updates and once the update was run on the
14.04 box the red notification appeared; after applying the updates the
notification on the 12.04 boxes cleared, whereas on the 14.04 one it is still
there (I suspect that if I run another update it will clear). The other
notification I don't get is the need to reboot, so perhaps the issue is with
byobu (I am configured to show the reboot notification). I'm assuming there is
a byobu update on the horizon because I put a fix in on Launcpad which looks to
have been accepted (the motd wasn't showing up on login) and that hasn't
filtered through as an update to Ubuntu yet.

> -- You Make It, I'll Break It!

That used to sum up my job description years ago, and it was with hardware -
fun times of breaking expensive hard disk drives and other kit, back when a
rack mount box with 16 1G SCSI HDs was cutting edge!

** end quote [Dave Morley]

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