I'm looking a update manager for Debian Xfce. I installed xfce on a computer which will be use by laypersons. Therefore, I want another way (graphical) to launch apt-get update && apt-get upgrade. But I don't want to slow the system by adding gnome dependencies (update-manager-gnome is then not a solution).

The solution using cron configured to launch commands such as 'apt-get update; apt-get upgrade -y --force-yes; apt-get dist-upgrade -y --force-yes;' seems to me too dangerous. I would like to offer a choice by graphical way.

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    Not exactly what you want, but unattended-upgrades can install updates in a quite safe way. – jofel Oct 15 '13 at 17:52
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    What about synaptic? -- I believe it is still available and usable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synaptic_(software) -- although no longer maintained. BTW: "I don't want to slow the system by adding gnome dependencies" -- it won't. They just take up a few MB on disk, and the package manager loads little pieces of them. If that's what you'd prefer, just use it -- it won't matter WRT performance at all. – goldilocks Oct 15 '13 at 17:59
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    Does synaptic offers background update check? It seems to me you have to start synatic and then upgrade the system. I'm looking for a software which update on the background and, then, offer to upgrade to the user. – ppr Oct 15 '13 at 18:06
  • unattended-upgrades solves partially my problem (for security upgrades). Tanks – ppr Oct 15 '13 at 18:07

Well as jofel commented there is unattended-upgrade to automate the upgrade process, there is also the update-manager-core package that gives you access to the update-manager-text binary. Also, the normal package manager will do this quite nicely whenever you ask them (apt-get upgrade or aptitude full-upgrade).

This post also suggest that there's no update manager GUI for XFCE (I don't use it myself) so you either will be working with unattended-upgrades or pull update-manager-gnome which as far I see doesn't have any gnome dependency.

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