In article <200303120505.30305.bruce / codedbliss.com>,
Bruce Williams  <bruce / codedbliss.com> wrote:
>This isn't really worth an [ANN], so I'm not making it one.
>
>I know that a certain amount of interest has come up in this group for 
>Ruby-based system administration.  
>
>This is of concern to me as well, and since I know that several people on this 
>list use Gentoo Linux (as do I), I make the following small offering.
>
>http://blog.codedbliss.com/archives/gentoo-check_updates-0.5b.rb
>
>What I've come up with is a small cron script that will update rsync and then 
>e-mail you a listing of any updated packages that are available (via a parsed 
>emerge -u world --pretend), to include descriptions, links to package 
>homepages, and versioning. You can set this up for whatever interval you 
>like-- I chose to throw it in /etc/cron.weekly.

This would be very useful.  

>
>This script requires YAML4R (http://yaml4r.sf.net), as YAML is the output 
>format.  Why? Because Gentoo + Ruby + YAML rocks.
>

Indeed!

>Cheers,
>
>// Bruce
>
>PS: In the event this is actually useful to anyone but myself, I may package 
>this with a few other Gentoo admin scripts for the RAA.  Comments welcome.

I plan to give it a try.  Please do consider putting your package on the 
RAA.

Phil