|apticron(1)||General Commands Manual||apticron(1)|
apticron - Generate a mail listing packages which are pending an upgrade
apticron is a shell script which generates a mail with a list of all packages currently pending an upgrade, as well as summary of changes - using apt-listchanges - to a configurable Email address.
apticron is mainly intended for automatic notification of pending security updates but can also be used in many other situations where timely updates are necessary.
The --cron option is only meant to be used when invoked by cron in order to run no more than once a day.
- Configuration file, Email address to mail and profile for use with apt-listchanges are configurable.
- Cron job for executing apticron daily.
- Fallback cron script for executing apticron (if no crond running or system down at designated time).
- Time stamp file used by apticron when invoked with --cron option.
In a particular situation apticron may report non-installed packages to be upgraded. It's inconvenient, but it's not a bug in apticron itself. Please see https://bugs.debian.org/544481#105 for details.
Apticron was initially developed by Colm MacCarthaigh <email@example.com> with contributions from Marc Sherman <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Since 2006 it is maintained and improved by Tiago Bortoletto Vaz <email@example.com>.