Setting up “auto-update” on your system thru command line

Below you can find a ‘howto’ on setting up an automated update system for your ubuntu system. In essence we’ll be setting up the whole aptitude mechanism thru cron.

WARNING : This may cause unexpected results due to unknown updates.

Open up the crontab as root

kvaes@ubuntu:~$ sudo crontab -e

Add the following line to your crontab

0 0 * * * aptitude -y update && aptitude -y upgrade && aptitude -y dist-upgrade && aptitude -y autoclean

Sidenote: If you prefer the gui, check the following article. It won’t do exactly the same, but it might give you a better feeling… 😉

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