Aptdaemon 0.43

Apt daemon
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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.

Main features:

  • 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

last updated on:
August 12th, 2011, 9:32 GMT
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
developed by:
Sebastian Heinlein
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What's New in version 0.42
  • 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.
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