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I'd like to have my Ubuntu system automatically upgrade all packages. I added to my /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/10periodic:

APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";

However, I still need to maintain the list of Allowed-Origins in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades. Is there any way to simply allow all origins?

Another more serious problem than having to maintain the origins list is the bug that origins can't contain spaces. This is fixed in the latest unattended-upgrades, but that's not in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (which we're sticking to for a while).

I also know about cron-apt, but I heard it hangs if there are prompts during the upgrade, e.g. for config file conflicts (this is also the problem with aptitude full-upgrade cron scripts), whereas unattended-upgrades can detect this and not proceed. Is there anything else out there that is behaved like unattended-upgrades but doesn't require maintenance of an Allowed-Origins list?

Note: I'm aware of the arguments against unattended upgrades. Thanks in advance for any answers.

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I used to create a bash script like this to accomplish this task - then just call it from cron:

#!/usr/bin/env 
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade -qq

Honestly, I used -d -q (download only), to download the updates onto my staging server in the middle of the night. I'd then test them when I got in to the office, and push them to our internal apt-proxy server.

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I had actually been trying this approach (simple cron script calling aptitude full-upgrade -y) for lack of other options. I initially was resistant to this because of what I mentioned in my question - potential problems arising from things like file conflicts. –  Yang Mar 22 '11 at 8:12
    
Yeah, that's why I pulled it to a staging server, and the moved the packages over to a internal apt-proxy server when I had tested. ;-) –  tsykoduk Mar 22 '11 at 14:27

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