[clug] monitoring number of updates available on debian/ubuntu

Daniel Pittman daniel at rimspace.net
Tue Jul 20 02:23:45 MDT 2010

Tony Breeds <tony at bakeyournoodle.com> writes:
> On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 02:58:49PM +1000, jeff wrote:

>> I'm looking for a means to tell how many packages, if any, are available to
>> be installed on a debian based system.


> Failing that I think:
> 	apticron - Simple tool to mail about pending package updates
> 	cron-apt - automatic update of packages using apt-get
> Are packages that can automatically do an apt-get update and then send an
> email basied on what's available.

Both of them can just email you about it, too; you don't have to install the
packages.  Personally, I recommend apticron plus the recommended
apt-listchanges package, which sends you a nice email including all the
changes in those packages each day.


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