cron job to get new package list

Amedee @ Ubuntu amedee-ubuntu at
Tue Jun 30 13:39:58 UTC 2009

On Tue, June 30, 2009 14:57, Michael Zoet wrote:
> 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 :-).

Thank you.

I will install apticron first, to inform me of updates.
I'll test it for a couple of days before I install cron-apt.
I will probably configure cron-apt to only download updates, but not
install them.

Now that we're on the subject, are there any other apt(itude)-integrated
tools that make the life of a busy sysadmin easier?

Kind regards,

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