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I've got several Ubuntu 10.10 servers which should all be set to do automatic security updates.

Is there any way I could get them to send me an email when they apply updates (particularly if they fail)?

I'm using r-u-on to monitor availability, disk space etc but the security updates are very important and I don't have a good way to monitor them.

I could possibly script something myself but I figured it's the kind of thing that's probably been solved many times already.

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Webmin has an email on update feature – Reuben Swartz Mar 4 '11 at 14:17
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It turns out that the unattended-upgrades package actually has a parameter for this:


EDIT: in fact there is more than one way to do it, and it's documented in the server manual:

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Problem solved? if yes, please mark your own answer as the best one. – papukaija Mar 4 '11 at 16:13
Can't yet - "You can accept your own answer in 2 days" – Colin Pickard Mar 4 '11 at 16:21

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