Setting up a daily apt-get check with email

I don’t log into my Debian webhost every day, so one of the first things I do out of habit now is to check and see there are any updates available for the system with your usual: $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get upgrade Why not automate the process, and have the system automatically check for me, and let me know when there are updates available? Of course, I’m not the first person to think of this, so there is a lot of prior work out there. Read More

Installing VMWare Tools on Debian 8.1

For a project I am working on, I am running Debian 8.1 as a guest operating system in VMWare Player 7, and I needed to get VMWare Tools installed to enable host-to-guest folder sharing, and I was having no luck with Debian’s open-vm-tools package. After several tries, I found that this works successfully for me: First, downloading and installing the build-essential and the appropriate headers for my kernel packages: sudo apt-get install build-essential sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) Then, using instructions from this site, running the following commands to install VMWare Tools: Read More