Is there any gsettings schema to select "Never" on

system settings->software and updates->updates->automatically check for updates

Any other command line option to disable automatic updates is right for me.

Thank You


According to this post

Disable apt-daily.service:

systemctl stop apt-daily.timer
systemctl disable apt-daily.timer
systemctl disable apt-daily.service
systemctl stop apt-daily-upgrade.timer
systemctl disable apt-daily-upgrade.timer
systemctl disable apt-daily-upgrade.service


systemctl disable --now apt-daily{,-upgrade}.{timer,service}
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    The other command seems to work... – Aleksandar Pavić Apr 22 '19 at 7:40
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    What "other command?" – mr.zog Oct 24 '19 at 16:01
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    @mr.zog I'm guessing systemctl disable --now apt-daily{,-upgrade}.{timer,service} @abu_bua @AleksandarPavić please confirm. – Chaitanya Bapat Apr 27 at 17:14

Thanks to suggestions from Norbert and doug I came up with this solution:

sudo sed -i 's/APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1"/APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "0"/' /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20auto-upgrades
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No, there is no gsetting for this. In 16.04 those relevant options are set in the /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/10periodic file

Obviously the easiest way to alter is thru Software & Updates > Updates which edits that file if you change from default.

You can edit that file manually if desired or fashion some command to set the option(s) to false ("0"

Edit /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20auto-upgrades to disable automatic updates from the command line:

$ sudo nano /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20auto-upgrades

Once you have the file opened, switch off the Update-Package-Lists directive from 1 to 0 as shown below:

APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "0";
APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";
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In Ubuntu 18.04 (LUbuntu) I had no easy way to do it, but to symlink to true:

mv /usr/bin/update-manager /usr/bin/update-manager.bak # if needed
ln -s /bin/true /usr/bin/update-manager
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