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I would like to be able to remove references to a particular, individual package in a repository.

If I do not want install something it would be nice to speed up apt-get update(by skipping those) and have a cleaner synaptic screen.


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If I understand you correctly, I don't believe that you can remove entries, or prevent them from showing up in Synaptic Package Manager without removing or disabling your repositories.

However, you can create custom filters based on a variety of criteria:

  1. Start the Synaptic package manager
  2. From the menu, Select Settings, then the Filter sub-menu. From here, you can create a customized filter to include (or exclude) specific package from appearing in Synaptic.
  3. Create a new filter (and name it accordingly).

  4. Define your filter(s) based on three criteria:

    • Status of package

      • Not-installed would be the only box checked in your case.
    • Section

      • This tab allows for applying greater granularity to the filter. Say, if you didn't want to see any un-installed packages only from the Graphics category, for example.
    • Properties

      • Pattern matching can be specified to include/exclude a specific character sequence.
  5. Return to the main Synaptic window and click the Custom Filters button and then select your newly named filter.

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