Ubuntu 16.04: Exclude package from update

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1 apt-mark hold/unhold

apt-mark enables to hold package. This means that package does not be updated.

Hold package as below.

$ sudo apt-mark hold <package>

Release hold package as below.

$ sudo apt-mark unhold <package>

Check hold package as below.

$ apt-mark showholdllvm

2 dpkg –set-selections/–get-selections

dpkg –set-selections can do same hold as apt-mark.

Hold package as below.

$ echo “llvm hold” | sudo dpkg –set-selections

Release hold package as below.

$ echo “llvm install” | sudo dpkg –set-selections

Check hold package as below.

$ dpkg –get-selections | grep ‘hold$’llvm hold

3 Execution result

Hold llvm package.

$ sudo apt-mark hold llvm$ apt-mark showholdllvm

Upgradable packages includes llvm package.

$ apt list –upgradable<snip>linux-libc-dev/xenial-updates,xenial-security 4.4.0-28.47 amd64 [upgradable from: 4.4.0-24.43]llvm/xenial-updates 1:3.8-33ubuntu3.1 amd64 [upgradable from:1:3.8-33ubuntu3]llvm-dev/xenial-updates 1:3.8-33ubuntu3.1 amd64 [upgradable from:1:3.8-33ubuntu3]llvm-runtime/xenial-updates 1:3.8-33ubuntu3.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 1:3.8-33ubuntu3]lsb-base/xenial-updates,xenial-updates 9.20160110ubuntu0.1 all [upgradable from: 9.20160110]<snip>

Upgrade packages.

$ sudo apt upgrade -y

Though upgrade was run, llvm is still included in upgradable packages.

$ apt list –upgradableListing… Donellvm/xenial-updates 1:3.8-33ubuntu3.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 1:3.8-33ubuntu3]llvm-dev/xenial-updates 1:3.8-33ubuntu3.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 1:3.8-33ubuntu3]llvm-runtime/xenial-updates 1:3.8-33ubuntu3.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 1:3.8-33ubuntu3]$

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