The cPanel & WHM Update Configuration File - cpupdate.conf


Last modified: February 4, 2021

Overview

The /etc/cpupdate.conf file on your server determines how cPanel & WHM updates the following system components:

  • cPanel & WHM itself.
  • Installed RPMs (RPM Package Manager files).
  • Apache SpamAssassin™ rules.

How to edit the configuration file

Each line of the /etc/cpupdate.conf file determines how cPanel & WHM updates the specified system component. You can edit this file with your preferred text editor.

File format

The /etc/cpupdate.conf file’s format is similar to the following example:

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CPANEL=release
RPMUP=daily
SARULESUP=daily
STAGING_DIR=/usr/local/cpanel
UPDATES=daily
Notes:
  • Each KEY=value pair is on a separate line.
  • A single equals sign (=) separates the uppercase KEY and lowercase value.
  • The file must not contain spaces.
  • In the example above, /usr/local/cpanel is the default staging directory for the /etc/cpupdate.conf file.

Configuration values

The following keys and values determine how to update specified components of the system:

CPANEL

This setting determines the server’s release tier or product version. The CPANEL setting appears in WHM’s Update Preferences interface (WHM >> Home >> Server Configuration >> Update Preferences) as the Release Tier setting.

You can specify either of the following value types:

  • A release tier name (edge, current, release, stable, or lts), to ensure that your server always uses the appropriate version for that tier.
  • A cPanel & WHM version number, to specify an exact version (for example, 92, 11.92, or 92.123.45)

For example:

CPANEL=release

For the latest information on cPanel & WHM version numbers and tiers, see the Latest cPanel & WHM Builds (All Architectures) table in the cPanel Downloads page.

RPMUP

This setting determines how to update the operating system’s RPMs. The /usr/local/cpanel/scripts/rpmup script uses this value.

You can specify one of the following values:

  • daily — Update RPMs daily.
  • manual — Update RPMs manually (for example, via the command line).
  • never — Prevent both automatic and manual updates to RPMs.

For example:

RPMUP=daily
SARULESUP

This setting determines how to update Apache SpamAssassin™ rules. The /usr/local/cpanel/scripts/sa-update_wrapper script uses this value.

You can specify one of the following values:

  • daily — Update rules daily.
  • manual — Update rules manually (for example, via the command line).
  • never — Prevent both automatic and manual updates to rules.

For example:

SARULESUP=daily
STAGING_DIR

This setting determines the location of the staging directory for the update files. The default staging directory value is /usr/local/cpanel.

The STAGING_DIR setting appears in WHM’s Update Preferences interface (WHM >> Home >> Server Configuration >> Update Preferences) as the Staging Directory setting.

You can specify any valid path. In this example, /valid/path stands for the valid path that you wish to use.

STAGING_DIR=/valid/path
UPDATES

This setting determines how to update cPanel & WHM when updates become available. The /usr/local/cpanel/scripts/upcp script uses this value.

You can specify one of the following values:

  • daily — Update cPanel & WHM daily.
  • manual — Update cPanel & WHM manually (for example, via the command line).

For example:

UPDATES=daily

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