How to automatically apt-get?

NoOp glgxg at
Tue Sep 25 17:42:19 UTC 2007

On 09/25/2007 09:05 AM, Matt Morgan wrote:
> On 9/25/07, Derek Broughton <news at> wrote:

>> To actually do unattended upgrades (Ack!!!) you need to set some parameters
>> regarding unattended upgrades - see the Apt howto, I don't know how that's
> What problems have arisen in the recent past (I'm looking for
> examples) with unattended upgrades in Ubuntu? I have very successfully
> done unattended upgrades with other OSes in the past (but am new to
> Ubuntu).
> On Debian, for example, on servers at work I'd usually set up my
> sources.list to upgrade only from the security repos, so that I'd get
> security updates right away (important) but not feature changes
> (important to avoid on a server, usually). In 2+ years I never had
> serious trouble with automatically applying security updates in
> Debian.
> The distinction between security & other repos is one of Debian's
> insanely great features and its presence in Ubuntu was important for
> me.
> Would you guys recommend doing the same thing (ie automatically
> upgrading from the security repos only) with Ubuntu, or not? In this
> case we're talking about a desktop with very few services (eg no file
> shares, I don't even ssh into it), so local config changes are almost
> non-existent.
> Thanks,
> Matt

I have a PC at a relative's home running Ubuntu. Let's just say that the
end-user(s) are not capable of installing security updates on their own.
So, I have auto updates set & have yet to experience any problems.

System|Administration|Synaptic Package
Manger|Settings|Repositories|Updates|Automatic Updates - check "install
security updates without confirmation".

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