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Always install updates on shutdown/restart "automatically"?

asked 2017-05-27 06:53:43 -0500

rugk gravatar image

When updates are available Fedora shows a checkbox in the shutdown/restart menu, where one can click to install the updates:

shutdown dialog in German

Now is there any way to preselect this checkbox, so updates are installed more or less without user-interaction completly in the background. The reason is that less experienced users likely won't care for this checkbox and could thus forget to install (critical security) updates. That's why it would be nice to have updates automatically installed on shutdown and restart, similar to how it is e.g. done in Windows (7), where the shutdown icon just has a small indicator, so you know updates are being installed. (And if you want, you can still dismiss it.)

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What desktop are you running? I use cinnamon, and have no such checkbox for installing updates. I do it manually with sudo dnf update when the mood hits me to check. sometime 8 or 10 times a day, if I am bored.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2017-05-27 11:27:03 -0500 )edit

The default GNOME one. And I am actually trying to avoid it doing this manually here as this question assumes a less-experienced user, who just "wants it to work"… (but I also do not want it to install updates completely automatically in the background)

rugk gravatar imagerugk ( 2017-05-29 11:23:01 -0500 )edit

switch to a different desktop. I run cinnamon and it has nothing about automatic updates. I do them when I want, and I can use the yumex-dnf gui or the command line. cinnamon is smaller and faster than gnome, imo.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2017-05-29 17:33:44 -0500 )edit

Oh, come on… You still do not understand what I want: I want automatic updates! (installed on shutdown/restart) So it makes no sense to suggest a way to not get automatic updates. And no, I won't switch the desktop…

rugk gravatar imagerugk ( 2017-05-30 07:26:29 -0500 )edit

sorry, misunderstood you original post. Might consider some sort of logoff script to do the updates, as i know of nothing that fully automates update installation, without changing desktops.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2017-05-30 11:01:54 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-05-30 14:25:32 -0500

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updated 2017-05-30 14:25:54 -0500

So as I found out thanks to @steveebey73742's help, there is no such feature currently. However, I found an issue in the GNOME issue tracker, created in 2016, which exactly describes the feature I am looking for here. Here it is:

So anyone who also wants this feature have a look into the issue and maybe comment there, e.g. if you have another good use-case, where such a feature might be useful.

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