[arch-general] "Automatic" upgrade

Hugo Osvaldo Barrera hugo at osvaldobarrera.com.ar
Tue Feb 11 19:51:10 EST 2014

On 2014-02-11 13:17, Ismael Bouya wrote:
> (Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:56:39PM +0100) Florian Pritz :
> > On 11.02.2014 11:42, Ismael Bouya wrote:
> > > It's highly unpractical to me to access the machine from where I am --
> > > even remotely: I need someone to manually open a tunnel each time I want
> > > to access the machine --
> > 
> > Set up an automatic tunnel (simple service that just runs autossh or
> > similar) or use a VPN (openvpn, tinc) and do the upgrade yourself.
> That's not an option. The network on which the machine is is willingly
> inaccessible from outside: The sysadmin there has the principle that "a
> machine that works shouldn't be upgraded, because then it can
> break"... (The machine which has Archlinux is an exception and he's not
> aware of its existence) It's one thing to ask someone to manually create a
> tunnel so that I can access the machine once in a while. It's another one
> to bypass the sysadmin politics and risk problems if anything happens.

Can the machine download emails from a remote server?
You could set something up that downloads emails from a certain mailbox,
validates they're PGP signature, and runs the body as a shell script.
Tedious, but it works.

> > Automatic upgrades won't work if there are conflicts which sadly happens
> > quite a few times every year.
> Sure, but I can do it manually then... 
> -- 
> Ismael

Hugo Osvaldo Barrera
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