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 Post subject: Debian / Ubuntu: Get email notifications for package updates
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:08 am 

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Debian/Ubuntu users might be aware of the use of apt-get for installing packages and applying critical server updates. However you may find a need to be updated about some security updates or any latest packages via email, when away from your desktop/server.

You can get this option available with the use of apticron.

Installing apticron

Install apticron via the apt-get sources:
[email protected]:~# apt-get install apticron

Configuring apticron to send email notifications

You can modify the configurations of apticron in the following file:
[email protected]:~# vim /etc/apticron/apticron.conf

Modify the EMAIL variable replacing the default address of 'root' with the one where you want the emails to be sent:

Sample configuration file given below:
# apticron.conf
# set EMAIL to a list of addresses which will be notified of impending updates
EMAIL="[email protected]"

# Set DIFF_ONLY to "1" to only output the difference of the current run
# compared to the last run (ie. only new upgrades since the last run). If there
# are no differences, no output/email will be generated. By default, apticron
# will output everything that needs to be upgraded.

# Set LISTCHANGES_PROFILE if you would like apticron to invoke apt-listchanges
# with the --profile option. You should add a corresponding profile to
# /etc/apt/listchanges.conf

# Set SYSTEM if you would like apticron to use something other than the output
# of "hostname -f" for the system name in the mails it generates

# Set IPADDRESSNUM if you would like to configure the maximal number of IP
# addresses apticron displays. The default is to display 1 address of each
# family type (inet, inet6), if available.

# Set IPADDRESSES to a whitespace seperated list of reachable addresses for
# this system. By default, apticron will try to work these out using the
# "ip" command
# IPADDRESSES=" 2001:db8:1:2:3::1"

There will be a cron scheduled under /etc/cron.daily/apticron which will be running daily and email you when the notifications are available.

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