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apticron(1) General Commands Manual apticron(1)


apticron - Generate a mail listing packages which are pending an upgrade


apticron [--cron]


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.


Custom settings go into this file, such as email and profile for apt-listchanges. You can use /usr/lib/apticron/apticron.conf as a template. The values set in /etc/apticron/apticron.conf will override the default settings in /usr/lib/apticron/apticron.conf.
Cron job for executing apticron daily.
Time stamp file used by apticron when invoked with --cron option.


apt-get(8), apt-listchanges(1), cron(8)


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 for details.


Apticron was initially developed by Colm MacCarthaigh <> with contributions from Marc Sherman <>. Since 2006 it is maintained and improved by Tiago Bortoletto Vaz <>.