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What is a good update notifier for i3?

asked 2013-04-02 10:53:12 +0000

updated 2013-04-02 10:55:18 +0000

Does anyone know a good update notifier for i3? In Gnome, we use update-notifier, but it does not work properly with i3 (crashes with me on Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit).

I found some alternatives on arch linux community, but I wonder if anyone here is using anything else, more tailored to i3 style... (maybe a simple systray icon, or dzen2 messages?)

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Maybe you should clarify what you mean by update notifier. I presume it’s a tool which checks whether any updates are available via apt, so it’s distribution-specific, right?

Michael gravatar imageMichael ( 2013-04-02 11:02:46 +0000 )edit

Yes Michael, that's what I meant.

bruno.braga gravatar imagebruno.braga ( 2013-04-02 11:06:43 +0000 )edit

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answered 2013-06-30 14:52:23 +0000

smiszym gravatar image

If you installed i3 via package manager such as apt or pacman, you should configure it to confirm new updates. If that crashes, the bug resists in package manager.

But if you installed i3 manually (for example by downloading sources and compiling them), you should do updates manually too.

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Sorry for not being clear, the question is about running the package update-manager, that comes by default on Debian... so instead of running apt-get upgrade myself, it has a scheduling service that notifies me when I should be upgrading stuff... So, it is actually for other packages.

bruno.braga gravatar imagebruno.braga ( 2013-07-01 22:13:07 +0000 )edit

answered 2013-07-03 05:23:28 +0000

Why don't you create a short script that would run apt-get in a crontab to be run regularly and save the results in a file (eg. "No updates available" or "Time to update" and display the contents of the file in i3status?

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yeah, that is a solution, just figured that, since we have update-manager in Debian (someone already did this), I didn't want to reinvent the wheel, just because I can, you know? But, if there are no other options, then, I guess this is the way to go.

bruno.braga gravatar imagebruno.braga ( 2013-07-03 06:12:31 +0000 )edit

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