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The custom filter options in Synaptic are kind of cryptic to me. I know over the last year and a half (I haven't fresh-installed since 10.04) I've installed several .debs and packages from PPAs.

How can I set up a filter in Synaptic that finds just these packages, so that I can downgrade or remove them?

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It's actually not as hard as I thought it might be - and it's probably quite a valuable filter to have!

First you select which status you want to show. I selected "Installed" amongst a couple of others but that's probably all you need.

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The real nuts and bolts come from the properties screen. In there you can set the origin requirements. All I did was exclude anything from archive.ubuntu.com (which is the mirror I use). If you're using another mirror, change that string.

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The alternative would be to disable all the PPAs in sources and then look at the local section.

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You can tray to find the package you look for by using the Origin button instead off custom filters.

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