Arch Linux: Disable Specific App Updates


Disable Updates

Retrieving the Package Name

Before tinkering around with the pacman configuration files to prevent Arch from upgrading a package on your system, you must find the exact name of the package. The best way to do this is by making use of the “Qe” command-line switch.

$ pacman -Qe

This operation will print out a complete list of every installed package on the system.

Running a query of every installed package on Arch Linux will no-doubt show you a lot of information. For most, this vast amount of data may not be helpful. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make use of the grep command. to sort through and find keywords and patterns.

To sort through your list of installed packages, try:

$ pacman -Qe | grep 'name of a program or package'

Alternatively, pipe the output to a convenient text file for later with the command below.

$ pacman -Qe > ~/package-info.txt

Note: to view the package-info.txt file in the terminal, run:

$ cat ~/package-info.txt

After doing your search with the grep tool, you’ll see the package name followed by a version number. Ignore the version number and take note of the package name, as you’ll need this when editing configuration files.

Editing pacman.conf

The way to prevent Arch Linux from upgrading installed packages is by editing the /etc/pacman.conf file and taking advantage of the “IgnorePkg” feature. To get to this feature, launch a terminal window and open up the pacman.conf file inside of the text editor with root privileges.

Inside the pacman.conf make your way down to the part of the file that says “# Pacman won't upgrade packages listed in IgnorePkg and member of IgnoreGroup”.

Once there remove the # symbol from in front of “IgnorePkg ...”. Then, write in the name of the package from the search earlier after the “= ”.

It should look like:

IgnorePkg = nameofpackage

Have more than one package you want to prevent Arch Linux from updating? Write out the names of each package followed by commas. For example:

IgnorePkg = nameofpackage1, nameofpackage2, nameofpackage3

Save changes to the file.

Assuming all edits to pacman configuration file are done correctly, you’ll be able to run the upgrade command on Arch Linux and successfully prevent the packages in IgnorePkg from upgrading.

$ sudo pacman -Syyu

Enabling Updates

After a few weeks of ignoring an update, it may be safe to upgrade again. To re-enable upgrades for packages that you previously disabled, just edit /etc/pacman.conf and remove the package name from “IgnorePkg”. Then run pacman upgrade command.

Source: How to disable app updates on Arch Linux