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Whenever I update my Debiansystem I use sudo aptitude (update/upgrade) in my terminal.

This sometimes produces a long confusing list of upgradeable packages. Most of those are not of my interest. Certain packages are of my interest however (like manually installed or third party ones).

It would be neat to have certain packages (that I can define) highlighted in that list so I can check the changelog of those.

Is there a way to achieve this? Or is there a package manager that can "watch" packages for changes?

  • At least to highlight it in the output the following thread could be helpful: stackoverflow.com/q/981601/2261442 – phk Oct 17 '16 at 17:52
  • Yes, with that I can write a mini shell script that just adds patterns to that command and then output aptitude upgrade via grep. You could write this as an answer or I wait for another answer. Thanks. – Wandang Oct 17 '16 at 18:33
  • At first I wanted to write it as an answer but then I saw that you were also looking for a way to "watch" for those packages, I guess getting a notification of some sort? – phk Oct 17 '16 at 18:39
  • Just highlighting that package x is also upgradeable. How that is achieved does not matter to me. For example if a package manager would use tags/flags to allow me to filter for my defined packages would be ok too. – Wandang Oct 17 '16 at 18:45
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The following one-liner will show look for the word linux in all upgradable packages, highlight it and specifically notify you (requires the ack-grep package):

 apt update &&
   apt list --upgradable | ack --color --passthru linux &&
   echo 'There is something of interest!'

(You might replace the last echo with e.g. notify-send or similar, see: https://superuser.com/questions/31917/is-there-a-way-to-show-notification-from-bash-script-in-ubuntu)

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