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Re: apt: cron.daily necessary?

On Tue, Sep 08, 2009 at 01:42:28PM +0200, Hans-J. Ullrich wrote:
> I would like to discuss and suggest the following thing:
> On my 64-bit notebook I am using anacron and (of course) apt. In the apt 
> package included is the file /etc/cron.daily/apt, which contents some lines, 
> which are starting a find process. This find process initiated by apt (and I 
> hope, I am right with this information of the initiation source) consumes a 
> lot of harddrive actions for several minutes after boot, which makes the 
> computer at this time rather slow. 
> Of course, it is one of the processes started by anacron.
> IMO this is an annoying situation for notebook users, as sepeciela , when you 
> just want to start, wanted to do some things quickly, and then shutting down 
> again - just as many notebook users do!
> My suggestion to this problem are these:
> 1. delete /etc/cron.daily/apt manually
> O.k., this can be easily done, but how necessary is this file at all?
> 2. If this file is not very necessary do not put /etc/cron.daily/apt into the 
> apt-package, but maybe it should be put into some other package (for example 
> cron-apt), or , another opportunity, as a standalone package.
> 3. put this file to cron.monthly or cron.weekly, or, let it start manually 
> somehow (this third option was just a thought)
> What do you think? Is there a way and a chance, to improve things? Any 
> feedback will be very welcome.

Create file /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/disable_periodic_apt containing:

Problem solved.

Len Sorensen

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