cron job to get new package list

Michael Zoet Michael.Zoet at
Tue Jun 30 12:57:27 UTC 2009

On Tue, 30 Jun 2009 13:10:18 +0200 (CEST), "Amedee @ Ubuntu"
<amedee-ubuntu at> wrote:
> On Tue, June 30, 2009 12:17, Michael Zoet wrote:
>> On Tue, 30 Jun 2009 11:53:16 +0200, "Brummelen, M. van (ICT)"
>> <m.van.brummelen at> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> Maybe apticron is usefull for your needs?
>> Apticron is a really nice tool! And you get the information what has
>> changed in the package, too.
> Thanks for the suggestion.
> It seems that there is apticron and cron-apt.
> I'm now looking for a comparison between the two.
> Or is it OK to use both?
> Anyone with experience with both packages?

cron-apt is a tool to automatically install packages. apticron just informs
you of new packages. I think both can be configured to behave in the other
way. I'm using apticron on some servers and cron-apt on others. It really
depends on what you want to achieve. If you do not mind down times cron-apt
can help a busy sysadmin. But it can also be a pain, if the automatically
installed packages produces errors or overwrite config files. The savest
way is to use apticron in normal configuration or cron-apt with turned off
automatic installations. I would suggest you try first apticron and see if
it is what you want :-).


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