Re: apt-get update & upgrade
On Mon, 26 Mar 2007 22:32:54 -0500
Kent West <email@example.com> wrote:
> Jim Hyslop wrote:
> > I've seen several people on this list recommending that we run 'apt-get
> > update' and 'apt-get upgrade' on a regular basis. What are your thoughts
> > on setting up a cron job to do it automatically, say once a month or
> > once a week?
> You might be "safe" to do that on a stable system, but if you're running
> stable, it's likely on a server, and I would not risk a server's health
> with such a "risky" automation.
> If you're running testing or sid, it's even more risky, as often such a
> process may introduce removals of large chunks of your system if you're
> not paying attention.
> In short, there's too much that can go wrong if you don't pay attention,
> so I personally would not go the route of automation. Others may disagree.
Use cron-apt; by default it only updates the package list and downloads
the packages without installing anything.