debian-updates is yet another program for letting you know if a Debian Stable machine needs a security update.
I’ve been using it pretty widely for a few months now, if not longer. This week the DSA-636 glibc update broke it.
Because the DSA was issued against ‘glibc’ not the package name ‘libc6’ my script didn’t believe that I had it installed, and so didn’t email me to let me know which machines to update. D’oh.
I’ve made a few changes to handle this case, comparing against package source names as well as package names to catch similar updates.
I still think we should have a tool like this in the main archive – ideally a graphical thing that can be used by “normal” users, something that will alert them when they have a new update available and offer to install it for them. Perhaps somebody could code a gtk/qt application..?