Apt Update Script

I wrote this little script so that I wouldn't have to remember to run apt-get update every day. It only outputs anything if there actually is something to install so it won't bombard my inbox every day.

Update 2016-01-09: Updated the script to make it more efficient and compatible with the current /bin/sh (dash).

The Code

# Cron Script - place in /etc/cron.daily
# Runs "apt-get update" and prints the output of a simulated
# dist-upgrade if any packages would be installed.

apt-get update | grep -q '^Get' \
        && a=$(apt-get --simulate dist-upgrade) \
        && echo "$a" | grep -q '^Inst' \
        && echo "$a"



2016-01-09 Copyright Mattias Wikström (email: me at domain)