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Thread: Xfce software update notifier / launcher

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    Xfce software update notifier / launcher

    Have started using Xubuntu instead of Mint. Really liking xfce now I've worked out how to configure the panels etc. to my preference.

    One thing I miss from Mint is the 'Software Update' notification icon, which also acts as a launcher for the update manager. With Xubuntu I believe there's a notification icon *only* when updates are available. Would be nice if the icon were there permanently, to be used as a launcher.

    Anyone know if this can be done?

    Failing that, is it possible to create a panel launcher to the Software Update 'application' which is buried within Settings and so can't be used as a normal app launcher?

    Help appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Richard

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    Re: Xfce software update notifier / launcher

    I don't know of a way to make the alert start the updater program.

    This is how to add a button to the panel: Right-click the panel and go to panel preferences. Add a launcher, then edit it. The command for the launcher is update-manager .

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    Re: Xfce software update notifier / launcher

    If you right click the notification in your panel you get several options to do a number of things including install updates, start package manager, etc etc.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 14.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo

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    Re: Xfce software update notifier / launcher

    OK thanks.
    Following your instruction I now, at least, have a launcher for the updater.

    R.

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    Re: Xfce software update notifier / launcher

    That's handy, but the notification icon is only there if there are updates available - would be nice if it was always there, providing a summary status indication. I like to have something I can click on to force an update check etc. - also nice to have a visual indication that everything is healthy, i.e. no updates due, no failures in last update check etc.

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