Prevent packages from update, on Debian and Fedora

Preventing packages from update may be needed sometimes. This task varies from distro to distro, actually from package manager to package manager.

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This is how you prevent packages from update, on Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Knoppix, and other debian based distros:

# echo “packagename hold” | dpkg --set-selections


# echo “ruby1.8 hold” | dpkg --set-selections

To do the same thing on Fedora and CentOS, this is what you have to do.

As root append the following in the /etc/yum.conf file:

exclude = package1 package2 package99

Replace packagename1 package2 package99 with the name of the packages you want to prevent from update.


exclude = ruby1.8 octave 3.2

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