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The package database has to be updated periodically for it to work. You can setup an automatic update using the software-properties-gtk (for GNOME users) or software-properties-kde (for KDE users) packages. You can also add your own cron schedule, or even rely on a tool such as cron-apt.
This package works with any Desktop system that implements the FreeDesktop notification area specification, like GNOME, KDE and Xfce.
Upgrade notifier tray icon -------------------------- This is a small tray icon that backgrounds itself and checks for upgrades. It must be ensured by other means (like a cron job) that a regular "apt-get update" is done. You can use software-properties-gtk or software-properties-kde to setup the daily cron job provided by the apt package. Also, you can either install cron-apt or use the cron more»
update-notifier provides a notification icon in the notification area and warns the user about updates being available, and allowing them to run update-manager. One of its features is to tell the user that the system needs to be rebooted after an upgrade. This feature is useful for critical packages which need this to be done to implement new features (which cannot be implemented in place) or to more»
update-notifier(1) update-notifier(1) NAME update-notifier - Notifies about package updates SYNOPSIS update-notifier [OPTION...] DESCRIPTION Update Notifier can be used to check for the availability of new packages for your Debian system. When it detects new versions of the packages installed on the system are avail‐ more»
update-notifier (0.70.7.debian-5) unstable; urgency=low [ Hideki Yamane ] * debian/update-notif more»
2006-01-11 Scott James Remnant <email@example.com> * src/reboot.c: New file containing code to more»
update-notifier (0.70.7) hardy; urgency=low * src/update-notifier.c: - support running for no more»
This package was debianized by Michiel Sikkes <firstname.lastname@example.org> on Fri, 22 Oct 2004 22:43:31 + more»