Posted by: reformedmusings | November 14, 2009

Recovering daily update notification in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic

In this previous post, I covered how to regain daily notifications for non-security updates in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty. I don’t know if that will work in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic because the associated setting value is an integer in Karmic, not a boolean. For Karmic, I decided to use the GUI and the Gnome Configuration Editor utility which I describe in this post.

To be clear, Ubuntu notifies you daily of security updates by default, but only weekly of non-security updates like application upgrades. I like to be up-to-date as much as possible, so would like daily notifications of all updates. With Configuration Editor, this is easy. Launch the editor through Applications -> System Tools -> Configuration Editor (assuming that you installed it as described in this post). Click on Edit -> Find…, then type “update” in the search box (w/o the quotes) and click OK. This will be the result:


Notice that I highlighted /apps/update-notifier in the search results at the bottom, and also regular_auto_launch_interval key name. The explanation box under the name section then describes the key and its settings. According to that description, I should set the key to ‘0’ to get immediate notifications. So, double-click on the key to get this dialog:


Simply change the ‘7’ to ‘0’, click OK and you’re done! You will now receive daily notifications of all updates, not just security updates.



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