Debian keeping packages current
I use the following command to keep my packages up to date and clean
sudo apt-get upgrade -y && sudo apt-get update -y && sudo apt-get autoremove -y && sudo apt-get autoclean -y
upgrade: Some people reverse the order as they want to update their packages prior to upgrading, I do not
update: Updates your current packages that are installed as of now
autoremove: This should remove unused packages, but
autocleanafter it does a better job in my experience
autoclean: I run the clean at the end to cleanup the mess I made
Additional command that I need to run from time to time
sudo apt-get update --fix-missing : Fixes the package url references which becomes a problem when new versions are released usually say 18.04 to 19.04 for Ubuntu.
If you want to run this everyday (I do not recommend that), add the command as a cronjob by calling out
sudo crontab -e and added the commands without
sudo and pipe to a log the stdout so you can determine when things mess up.
Cronjob to run every hour
0 * * * * <your command or script here>