Sometimes you need to update packages on a Debian based system but you don’t want to updated all of them. For example there are security updates available right now for a system I manage. One of those updates is the linux kernel. I’m not ready to upgrade the kernel because it is a remote machine that many people depend on. To do a kernel upgrade I need to schedule downtime and prepare for the case when the system doesn’t reboot after the upgrade.
With Debian based systems you can handle this by placing packages on hold. Packages that are on hold are not updated. If you use aptitude this is as easy as:
If you use apt-get you can accomplish the same thing with:
When you are ready to update the package you can take it off of hold with (for aptitude):
And for apt-get/dpkg it is accomplished by: