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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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2.2.11 Holding back packages from an upgrade

There are two mechanisms for holding back packages from an upgrade, through dpkg, or, beginning with Woody, through APT.

With dpkg, first export the list of package selections:

     dpkg --get-selections \* > selections.txt

Then edit the resulting file selections.txt, changing the line containing the package you wish to hold, e.g. libc6, from this:

     libc6                       install

to this:

     libc6                       hold

Save the file, and reload it into dpkg database with:

     dpkg --set-selections < selections.txt

Or, if you know the package name to hold, simply run:

     echo libc6 hold | dpkg --set-selections

This procedure holds packages at the install process of each package file.

The same effect can be obtained through dselect. Simply enter the [S]elect screen, find the package you wish to hold in its present state, and press the `=' key (or `H'). The changes will take effect immediately after you exit the [S]elect screen.

The APT system in the Woody distribution has a new alternative mechanism for holding packages during the archive retrieval process using Pin-Priority. See the manual page apt_preferences(5), along with https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/ or the apt-howto package.


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