I have installed and configured unattended-upgrades but still every time I run apt-get upgrade, I see there are new packages waiting to be installed. I've waited even 2 weeks for them to get installed automatically but that never happens.

Here are my config files:


Unattended-Upgrade::Allowed-Origins {
    // Extended Security Maintenance; doesn't necessarily exist for
    // every release and this system may not have it installed, but if
    // available, the policy for updates is such that unattended-upgrades
    // should also install from here by default.


APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1";
APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";

ls -l /var/lib/apt/periodic/

total 0

uname -a

Linux 2.6.32-openvz-042stab120.18-amd64 #1 SMP Fri Jan 13 10:33:34 MSK 2017 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux

cat /etc/lsb-release


(It's a server)

sudo apt-get install unattended-upgrades

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
unattended-upgrades is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 4 not upgraded.

As you can see, there are 4 packages to be upgraded but the unattended-upgrades doesn't do anything.

sudo apt-get --simulate upgrade

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
The following packages will be upgraded:
  libssl-dev libssl-doc libssl1.0.0 openssl
4 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Inst libssl-doc [1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.26] (1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.27 Ubuntu:14.04/trusty-security [all])
Inst libssl-dev [1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.26] (1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.27 Ubuntu:14.04/trusty-security [i386]) []
Inst libssl1.0.0 [1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.26] (1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.27 Ubuntu:14.04/trusty-security [i386])
Inst openssl [1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.26] (1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.27 Ubuntu:14.04/trusty-security [i386])
Conf libssl-doc (1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.27 Ubuntu:14.04/trusty-security [all])
Conf libssl1.0.0 (1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.27 Ubuntu:14.04/trusty-security [i386])
Conf libssl-dev (1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.27 Ubuntu:14.04/trusty-security [i386])
Conf openssl (1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.27 Ubuntu:14.04/trusty-security [i386])
  • @user535733 there's nothing in /var/lib/apt/periodic/ – thatguy Dec 6 '18 at 19:36
  • @user535733 I added more info to the question. Thanks – thatguy Dec 6 '18 at 20:49
  • Aha. Making more sense now. Apt and unattended-upgrades have improved a lot in since 14.04. FYI: That's a very unusual and old kernel, and 14.04 LTS reaches EOL during 2019, and there won't be many upgrades in the pipeline. Run a --simulate upgrade, and get the names of the 'not upgraded' packages. That would be a valuable clue. – user535733 Dec 6 '18 at 21:07
  • @user535733 I understand that it's an old version and I'm planning to upgrade before April but my VPS provider kinda limits me. These things aside, I still think the unattended-upgrades should work on this system. That's not a new package. – thatguy Dec 6 '18 at 22:05
  • Ah, a VPS. That also explains much. Reminder: The names of the held packages would be a valuable diagnostic clue. – user535733 Dec 6 '18 at 23:16

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