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Keeping Gentoo systems up-to-date / update notification

Hi! Frequent updates are important, especially with Gentoo. You probably have seen conflicts that filled several screens and were not trivial to resolve. With frequent updates, handling conflicts becomes a lot easier. Frequent updates also gets you security fixes earlier. I would have done it from the beginning, if something would have reminded me to update. By now, for notifications on available updates I use

Former is a tool by Benedikt Böhm sending e-mails with emerge --pretend output whenever it changes. Latter is a bit of a quick hack by me that sits in the tray and shows an icon if updates are available with the number of updates in a tooltip. It requires a cron job to run something like eix-sync once a day but that's probably a good idea anyway. Maybe it's something that you want to use too. If you run into bugs, please report them and share your patches if any. GitHub allows attaching text files by now, it may work with patches, too. I would be curious to hear what other tools you use for being notified of updates on Gentoo. Please leave a comment below. Best, Sebastian