Update notification?

Michael Vogt mvo at debian.org
Thu Sep 23 21:03:44 UTC 2004

On Mon, Sep 20, 2004 at 11:53:21AM -0400, dave wrote:
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> I just looked and could not find this.
> Can anyone vouch for this?

There is a experimental upgrade-notifer available (it's independent of
synaptic). It works, but there is no package for it yet. It's a small
application that runs in the background and checks for upgrades on
regular intervalls. As it runs completely as the calling user, it
can't run "apt-get update" to refresh the package list. This will
needs to be done via a cron job from the package. It also needs to be
started once by hand, it registers itself to the gnome-session from
that point on.
If someone is interessted in hacking at it, it's available at:

I'll not be able to work on it for the next two weeks, but I'm open
for suggestions of course. 

BTW, do you think that integrating a upgrade notification into
synaptic itself is usefull? So that you see a little tray icon after a
"reload" that brings upgradable packages?


> Daniel Stone wrote:
> | On Mon, Sep 20, 2004 at 01:19:10AM -0500, J.B. Nicholson-Owens
> | wrote:
> |
> |> Will Ubuntu offer some kind of update notification or application
> |> that allows one to update without using the shell?
> |>
> |> Something like Red Hat's up2date notifier (blue circle with check
> |> mark means OK, red circle with throbbing exclamation point means
> |> update available)?
> |
> |
> | I believe Synaptic has a tray icon that does just this.
> |
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