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Old 07-28-2005, 03:21 PM   #1
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apt-get update a good idea in a crontab?

Since i manually do an 'apt-get update' every day, I was thinking of having that done automatically via a crontab that updates every 6 hours or so.

Is that a good idea to use a crontab for this? Or should i just keep manually doing it just in case something goes wrong with the crontab?
Old 07-28-2005, 03:30 PM   #2
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Update, yes, upgrade, no. You really need to check the packages going to be upgraded. Even though apt-get is very reliable, sometimes it can screw things up pretty bad. I'm all for apt-get update running on the cron, not apt-get upgrade
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For me, I think it would be a waste of time. I would probably prefer to do the update right before trying upgrade anyway, especially if nothing shows up. I guess I could be more patient. 6 hours should be plenty. I could have it do the cron job right before I wake up for work.


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