I've spent since yesterday morning looking for an answer to this all over the internet, but have had to admit defeat. I don't know if I'm just phrasing my queries wrong or what, but... Anyway.
I have, at home, a Mint box and a Debian box. I'd noticed, as I've been using an SSH connection to tunnel my browsing at work out of my home connection via the Mint box, that when I SSH on, the server displays some kind of MOTD (not sure if it's PAM handling it or what?) that includes some information about available updates / security updates / upgrades. You'll probably all have seen this - I assume it's the default behaviour for Mint.
Now, I like that feature when logging in - it helps me remember to run check for updates each day. I thought it'd be a reasonably easy thing to configure it to work on my Debian box when I logged on there over SSH. I've looked at apt-get and aptitude, to see if there's anything built in there (the closest I got was considering that I could do:
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aptitude search "~U" | wc -l
which will give me the number of matched installed and upgradable packages - but it's certainly not as clean as the listing that's provided by Mint on login (which, by the way, looks suspiciously like a line out of "apt-get upgrade" anyways ("4 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.", for example).
I hope this query makes sense... There must be a sensible way of achieving want I want here. Does anyone know how Mint currently does it? As I can't imagine it'd be that hard to implement Mint's process, to Debian.
I'm still relatively new to Linux so, be gentle?