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Can I mark packages to NOT show in Mint Update? [solved]

Postby Lantesh on Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:02 pm

I was wondering if there is a way to mark packages so they do not show up in Mint update. Case in point: I am running Deluge 1.1.9, and Miro 2.5.2. Due to conflicting dependencies I used the Deluge 1.1.9 version available from Getdeb. However I have multiple PPAs, and even the Karmic Koala repositories enabled for other things. So now in Mint Update another Deluge 1.1.9 version from another source wants to update over my getdeb version. I have locked the Deluge package versions in Synaptic, so there is no danger of accidently overwriting the packages, but how can I stop Deluge from showing up in Mint Update? I'm thinking that this is not possible.

Clem, I'd like to suggest this as a feature for the next version of Mint Mint Update.
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Re: Can I mark packages to NOT show in Mint Update?

Postby viking777 on Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:11 pm

You could adopt my solution - switch off Mint Update and just use Synaptic?
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Re: Can I mark packages to NOT show in Mint Update?

Postby Lantesh on Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:48 pm

Thanks for the suggestion viking777. I do like Mint Update though, and will continue to use it even with this issue.
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Re: Can I mark packages to NOT show in Mint Update?

Postby altair4 on Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:53 pm

I have never done this but from : viewtopic.php?f=18&t=9241#p57632

cmost wrote:I respectfully disagree with Husse. You can "pin" any version of a particular package that you like; thereby preventing its upgrade and MintUpdate will respect your choices. Here's how to do it:

edit your /etc/apt/preferences file. (if the file doesn't exist, create it as root!) You can PIN packages there and set the file to read only thus preventing Apt from modifying it further. For all the information you need on how to do this, including syntax, see the APT how-to here: http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-h ... html#s-pin

Example 1:
Package: bayonne
Pin: version 1.0.8*
Pin-Priority: 1001

Example 2:
Package: cdparanoia
Pin: version 3a9.8-13*
Pin-Priority: 1001

Currently, I've upgraded my system to the latest OpenOffice.org packages and I've pinned them as described to prvent APT from modifying their versions further. Good luck! :-)
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Re: Can I mark packages to NOT show in Mint Update?

Postby Lantesh on Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:34 pm

altair4, I already have Deluge pinned/locked. Mint Update will not update it. The issue is that it still shows in Mint Update as an available update, and the icon in the panel shows that there are available upgrades. I'm trying to find a way for Mint Update to not even show Deluge. At present I don't think this is possible.
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Re: Can I mark packages to NOT show in Mint Update?

Postby altair4 on Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:39 pm

Just curious, but did you pin it in synaptic using "Lock Version"?

There seems to be a bug in Synaptic itself using that method: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... bug/313614
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Re: Can I mark packages to NOT show in Mint Update?

Postby Lantesh on Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:41 pm

Yes actually I did lock it in Synaptic. I'll try it the other way and see if it makes a difference.
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Re: Can I mark packages to NOT show in Mint Update?

Postby Lantesh on Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:54 pm

altair4, you were right. Pinning the packages manually did the trick. I had to go so far as to list the deb file name, but it worked. I no longer see them in Mint Update. :D

Here is what I had to add to the file.
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Package: deluge
Pin: version 1.1.9-1~getdeb1
Pin-Priority: 1001

Package: deluge-common
Pin: version 1.1.9-1~getdeb1
Pin-Priority: 1001

Package: deluge-core
Pin: version 1.1.9-1~getdeb1
Pin-Priority: 1001
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Re: Can I mark packages to NOT show in Mint Update?

Postby altair4 on Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:08 am

This would be a whole lot simpler if "Lock Version" worked in Synaptic but based on the last comment from the Ubuntu bug report it doesn't look promising:
#4 Pedro Villavicencio wrote on 2009-07-16:

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. You reported this bug a while ago and there hasn't been any activity in it recently. We were wondering is this still an issue for you? May you please try the same with Jaunty and comment back? Thanks in advance.

You might consider posting a bug report to the Mint Bug Forum viewforum.php?f=166. There is a feedback channel between Mint and Ubuntu. I submitted a bug report on nautilus-shares which ended up in the Ubuntu bug report. With emorrp1's help this looks like it's going to be fixed. In fact he pretty much pulled it out of the fire because it looked to me that Ubuntu was going to close it.
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