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I am using Ubuntu 12.04. When I open Update Manager it comes up with the updates. Some of the updates that are listed are either not relevant to me or I just don't want them.

If I untick them, they just reappear the next time the Update Manager is used.

If I decide I don't want or don't need an update, how can I stop the Update Manager from including it in the list of updates the next time it is used?

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Disabling packages from the update manager has a bit more info and shows you how to do it via the GUI and CLI.

I would lock the packages you're not interested in to the version you're at.

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Use the terminal command sudo apt-get install {specific-package} to update only {specific-package} and the packages which it depends on.

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Hi there thank you for the fast reply. I want to do it the other way around, I am not looking to upgrade a specific update, I want to stop the Update Manager re presenting me with upgrades I de selected (and did not want in the previous session) If I un tick it I don't want it to come up again in the the next Update Manager. Thank you – ubuntu newbie May 8 '12 at 18:49
Actually, the Ubuntu upgrade command does not accept any parameters. If you want to update specific packages you use the install command even if the package is already installed. For example, sudo apt-get install zenity will update the zenity package and also any package which zenity has a dependency relationship with. sudo apt-get upgrade zenity will attempt to apply all outstanding, non-distribution updates. – irrational John May 8 '12 at 18:56

While you can use the techniques described in the link provided in csgeek's answer or in this article to pin or hold packages, I still would not recommend that anyone other than a very experienced user do this. The dependency relationships between packages can be complex and are not always obvious.

I am leaving this answer, which suggests removing a package you do not use, in place as a possible alternative which might also be useful in some cases.

But I want to make it clear that removing a package should only be done if you are certain that no other package you do use depends on it!

For example, I use gmail so I have no use for thunderbird. I can (safely, I think) open a terminal window and use
sudo apt-get remove thunderbird
to uninstall thunderbird and avoid downloading and installing updates for it.

But BE CAREFUL. If you remove/uninstall a package which other packages use then you could break your Ubuntu installation. Depending on how badly you break it, you might not be able to easily recover.

If removing a package will result in a large number of additional packages also being removed, I do not think you should do it. In my opinion, you are likely to break something.

I would also suggest that before you remove a package you use the --assume-no option on apt-get as, for example,
sudo apt-get -V --assume-no remove thunderbird

This command will run apt-get but will not perform the remove. However, it will list the actions which would be taken if you did remove the package. This will give you the opportunity to reflect on how much possible damage removing a package might cause.

(Note: the -V option in the command above just provides more information about the specific version of the packages apt-get might change.)

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