Automated security updates

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Fri Sep 24 21:11:25 UTC 2004

On Fri, Sep 24, 2004 at 09:33:00AM -0600, Tristan Rhodes wrote:

> Is it a good idea to schedule automated updates from the security 
> repository only?  If so, how is this done (perhaps cron)?
> I would like to setup a client's server so that it performs automatic 
> updates without any interaction.  Will the security updates ever require 
> user input?  And how likely are they to break something?

They should not require user input, and should not break anything.
However, they will do things such as stopping and starting services (e.g.,
Apache) in order to perform the upgrade.  For that reason, it may not be
wise to automate the process in this way.

 - mdz

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