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XMPP Apt Notification

date: 2021-01-09


In order to save yourself the work of checking your computer for updates, configure it to send you a weekly notification for updates using cron and sendxmpp.

Register an Xmpp User

ssh into your prosody server and use prosodyctl to create a user for your computer.

i.e. for your htpc:

# prosodyctl adduser
You will be prompted to create a password.

Install sendxmpp

ssh into your computer and install sendxmpp.

i.e. for your htpc:

$ sudo apt-get install sendxmpp

Configure sendxmpp

ssh into your computer and login as the root user using

$ sudo su
write the following contents into /root/.sendxmpprc, i.e. for your htpc; <password> 
secure your .sendxmpprc file by making it read-only, and only accessible by the root user
# chmod 600 /root/.sendxmpprc

Create Cron Job

While still logged in as root, open crontab for editing.

# crontab -e
And then write a command in crontab, i.e. for your htpc.
15 3 * * 4 apt-get update && apt-get -u upgrade --assume-no | sendxmpp -t -u htpc <yourself>

Receive Notifications on Android Device

Example Notification in Yaxim on Android

"Yaxim ScreenShot"