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How to prevent updating of a specific package?

When using Ubuntu at work I have to untick Facebook and Twitter plugins for Gwibber every time the Update Manager starts (I get 403 - Forbidden).

Is there a way to tell the Update Manager to stop looking for these updates without removing Gwibber?

  • Np, you can always disagree ;) – Bruno Pereira Jan 27 '12 at 15:21
  • Not in this case, that's what I was looking for :) – César Jan 27 '12 at 15:23
  • I have noticed that using Synaptic Package Manager hides packages from the Update Manager while using the dpkg --set-selections makes the packages appear unticked! I love the latter! – César Jan 27 '12 at 15:32

What you want is called Pinning: and can done in several ways. From the link...

Introduction to Holding Packages

Holding a package basically means you're telling the package manager to keep the current version no matter what. This is useful if more recent version of a currently working program breaks after an update.

The following will describe the process of actually holding the package, there are several options to accomplish this<...>

The manual method is the easiest if it is just a few packages...

sudo -i 
echo {package_name} hold | dpkg --set-selections 
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