(This is a rush post so there could be errors.)
HappyLinux, here's an example of setting up a cron job to do updates.
*** I wont explain all the mechanics of the cron format but if you google cron job you'll find a good number of little howto's for cron. ***
In a terminal run:
That will open cron for root.
As an example, lets say you want to run an update cron job at 2.15 PM. This is what your cron entry would look like:
Once you have entered the info press Ctrl and the letter o. You should see a highlighted blurp asking to save the file to a file in /tmp. Hit enter to save the file. Then hit Ctrl and x to exit cron. The command line should say "crontab: installing new crontab". It may tell you something was incorrect, if you've made an error. If that's the case, try it all over again.
If you want to test and see if the cron job works correctly you can simply put the time to several minutes in the future and send output of the job to a file. Here's an example of that. Adjust path to your local home environment:
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12 16 * * * apt-get update > /home/me/somefolder/update.log 2>&1
When this job runs you should end up with a log file that shows hits, ignores, and gets at the repositories.
Once you are satisfied the cron job works correctly edit the cron job and set the times where you want the. Also, you can set up more jobs for other times in the day, if you wish. The first time entry is the minutes and the second is the hour in 24 hour time.
The next time there's an auto-refresh you'll be notified with the blue icon if the cron job found any available updates.
I know all this sounds like a strange way to do things but an update manager IS NOT an update notifier and mint update does not have a notifier. I have no idea if all that's changed with UP5. If it has, I am not yet aware of it.