I am using package manager to handle updates without manual reinstallation.

I installed Sublime as recommended in How do I install Sublime Text 2/3? with:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sublime-text-installer

My user settings, after change recommended in https://forum.sublimetext.com/t/disable-update-available-pop-up/1381 are following:

"font_size": 11,
"tab_size": 3,
"update_check": false

Despite this on every Sublime Text start I am attacked by "A new version of Sublime Text is available, download now?"

How can I get rid of this obnoxious popup?

I know that it goes away after ppa is updated and I apply upgrade - but after every release I have about week of pointless, unremovable message spam.

  • on forum.sublimetext.com/t/… kingkeith suggested filtering by user agent, but I have no idea how this should be done so I opened askubuntu.com/questions/773136/… – Mateusz Konieczny May 16 '16 at 9:24
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    an issue has been logged on the official ST3 bug tracker - github.com/SublimeTextIssues/Core/issues/1206 - so I would recommend subscribing to it to be notified when it gets fixed – Keith Hall May 16 '16 at 13:01
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    @KeithHall "official ST3 bug tracker" - maybe it would be a good idea to mention it at sublimetext.com/support ? – Mateusz Konieczny May 16 '16 at 13:16
  • many web pages and documentation pages on the official site are outdated or just plain wrong, unfortunately. – Keith Hall May 16 '16 at 13:21
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    @MateuszKonieczny Jon Skinner is in no way hostile to the bug tracker - he actually refers to it somewhat often, according to Will Bond (wbond), one of the originators of the bug tracker and now an official Sublime core developer. A lot of old topics got deleted when the Sublime forum was ported from PHPBB to Discourse for some reason. However, the bug tracker is still "unofficial", just like the unofficial docs. – MattDMo May 16 '16 at 19:01

According to https://github.com/SublimeTextIssues/Core/issues/1206#issuecomment-221630273 this is one of functions that is removed from evaluation version of Sublime Text.

"update_check": false

in user settings has no effect in an unpaid version.

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As mentioned in the comments, the "update_check" setting has been ignored since about Build 3080. If it was working, setting

"update_check": false

in your user settings should disable the popup you are seeing. Unfortunately, that's not happening currently. You can follow this issue in the unofficial Sublime Text bug tracker to see if it gets resolved.

Due to the relatively rapid pace of development at this time, instead of relying on the unofficial PPA, I would recommend instead installing from the Ubuntu .deb files located on sublimetext.com/3. See my answer here for simple instructions on how to do that. Basically, when the new version popup appears, click on the Upgrade button, which will take you to the download page. Click on Ubuntu 64-bit or Ubuntu 32-bit, depending on your system, and save the .deb to your Downloads folder. In the terminal, enter the following commands, where XXXX is the build number:

cd ~/Downloads
sudo dpkg -i sublime-text_build-XXXX_amd_64.deb
# or sublime-text_build-XXXX_i386.deb for 32-bit

And that's it. Sublime is installed into /opt/sublime_text, and the subl shortcut is placed in /usr/bin. It will use the same config directory as the PPA version. If you wish to use sublime instead of subl, run this:

sudo rm /usr/bin/sublime
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/subl /usr/bin/sublime

Please note that if you are a registered user (and you should be if you use Sublime professionally, or for an extended length of time; it's not freeware), you can use the dev builds, which contain more bleeding-edge features, and are updated much more frequently. These builds are only available via .deb.

  • I know that it is possible to upgrade ST manually after every update. As I mentioned I want to avoid it. In fact, as mentioned I found a way to upgrade ST together with other programs, using standard Linux method for that (package manager). I am not interested in dev builds - ST never had improvements that I noticed and I am not willing to be an unpaid tester of commercial software. I want to find workaround for ST bug. – Mateusz Konieczny May 17 '16 at 9:15

Set "update_check": false in user settings has no any effects in an unpaid version. Instead, I just take a easy way by adding a hosts rule www.sublimetext.com in /etc/hosts file. But take care, when you want to install some packages, you may remove this rule temporarily.

  • For me blocking access to www.sublimetext.com with hosts file failed to block notifications. Are you sure that it actually works? – Mateusz Konieczny Apr 25 at 18:49

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