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Re: apt: cron.daily necessary?

Hello to all amd64 users,

there is a check in my /etc/cron.daily/apt script that uses "on_ac_power" to find out if it's running on battery. It should _not_ start when on battery, I guess. Don't know if that runs as it should do, I have a desktop.

Something different. There is a sleep command involved. So it takes a long time to run but doesn't generate much fuzz on my system. Perhaps it isn't red handed?


Am 08.09.2009 um 13:42 schrieb Hans-J. Ullrich:

Hi all,

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.

Best wishes

Hans-J. Ullrich

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