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Configuring Ubuntu server to automatically email package update notices

Apticron will give you the ability to automatically email information about any packages on a Ubuntu system that needs to be updated.

Installing it and configuring it, is dead simply that even my six year old nephew can do it.

sudo apt-get install apticron

Now simply update the /etc/apticron/apticron.conf config with your email address. By default the cron entry gets added to run every day, /etc/cron.daily/apticron .

Unlike Red Hat's yum-updatesd utility, the apticron tool also includes a summary information about the package's update changes.

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