Aptdaemon is a tool that allows normal users to perform package management tasks, e.g. refreshing the cache, upgrading the system, installing or removing software packages.
Aptdaemon was inspired by PackageKit which doesn't allow a tight integration into Debian/Ubuntu by policy: Running transaction are not allowed to be paused. This makes the use of debconf or resolving config file conflicts impossible.
Here are some key features of "Aptdaemon":
· Programming language independent D-Bus interface, which allows to write clients in several languages
· Transaction based design which allows to queue actions
· The daemon runs only if required (D-Bus activation)
· Fine grained privilege management using PolicyKit, e.g. allowing all desktop user to query for updates without entering a password
· Support for media changes during installation from DVD/CDROM
· Support for debconf (Debian's package configuration system)
· Support for attaching a terminal to the underlying dpkg call
· Command line client aptdcon
· Python GTK widgets to monitor and control a running transaction
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· The UpdateCachePartially method allows to specify an alternative sources.list snippet to only update the repositories specified in the corresponding configuration file.
· Aptdaemon did not restrict the path to the sources.list.d directory and allowed to inject packages from malicious sources specified in a custom sources.list and even to read every file on the system.