I am trying to find out how I can select what updates I want to install vs. installing everything available on Ubuntu Server 16.04. Does anyone know how I can do this?

Thanks, Donny T.

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-1- List updates

apt-get -s dist-upgrade
# -s: simulate, dont download and dont install

-2- Update manually the packages you want

apt-get install <packagename>
# will update installed package

Of course, dependencies will be updated or outdated...
You may run apt-get install -f at the end


Run aptitude and press 'u' to get the list of updates.

Press 'U' to mark them all for updating.

Press 'g' to see the list.

Go down the list and press '=' on each package you do not wish to upgrade.

Press 'g' to complete the upgrade.

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