I run a more recent kernel (2.6.34) than the ones supplied with the Update Manager. I am tired of updates asking me to reboot every week or so and screwing my grub.cfg (this probably deserves it's own question).

How can I disable those updates painlessly?


  • Did you install the newer kernel from a package or source?
    – Li Lo
    Aug 31, 2010 at 20:15
  • From a separate .deb package.
    – levesque
    Aug 31, 2010 at 20:34

1 Answer 1


Go to System → Administration → Synaptic Package Manager.

Highlight the installed kernel and choose Package → Lock Version on the menu bar.

If for some reason you still get prompted for update you can use

sudo aptitude hold <the installed kernel package>

to the same effect.

dpkg --set-selections serves the same purpose, too.

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