View Full Version : [ubuntu] Schedule updates for a certain time of day

August 20th, 2011, 03:51 PM
My Internet service provider here in South Africa is Vodacom (Vodafone) and I pay a huge amount of cash for 2.5Gigs per month. They do, however, give me the same amount of data for free that I can make use of between midnight and 5.00am.

For this reason, I would like to be able to schedule my update manager to download all updates at, say, 10 past midnight.

Can any of you guys out there offer any suggestions or is there a way that we can make a request for the Ubuntu developers to include this in "Update Manager"?

Many thanks.

August 20th, 2011, 03:55 PM
you can set up a cron job I believe. Read this page: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CronHowto

The commands that you need to execute would be

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Off course as root.

So you would need to do

sudo crontab -e

and in that file type

10 00 * * * apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

August 20th, 2011, 04:01 PM
Thanks a lot, I'll give it a bash.