I do apt-get update and apt-get dist-upgrade manually almost every day and I am happy doing it manually. I don't need the Ubuntu update manager and want not to be annoyed by it ever. This answer suggests it can be removed but it seems that the things have changed since it was written as now

sudo apt-get remove update-manager

as well as

sudo apt-get remove update-notifier

result in

The following packages will be REMOVED:
  ubuntu-desktop* ubuntu-release-upgrader-gtk* update-manager* update-notifier*

response. Needless to say I don't want to remove the whole Ubuntu Desktop.

So what is the correct way?


Um, open software and updates, choose the updates tab, and change Automatically check for updates to never?

To stop the notifications themselves, start dconf-editor

Navigate to com->ubuntu->undate-notifier and check the box for 'no-show-notifications'

Or execute

gsettings set com.ubuntu.update-notifier no-show-notifications true

  • It doesn't really help as it still becomes aware of the updates available as soon as I run apt-get update for some reason. And, on occasion (I am not sure but it feels like) even if I don't. – Ivan Nov 12 '15 at 20:59
  • It will at least stop it from looking by itself, or should. The notifier is a little more of an issue, which I would also like to resolve. – Charles Green Nov 12 '15 at 21:01
  • @Ivan Adding some more information... – Charles Green Nov 12 '15 at 21:18

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