Pinning a (deb)Package systemwide for apt-get and synaptic alike

Have you ever wondered why a package pinned with, say, synaptic after a couple of days is listed to be updated when using apt-get update? There is a bug persisting at launchpad for the synaptic package. As Michael Vogt, lead developer of the apt family, suggests an easy workaround is to symlink /etc/apt/preferences to /var/lib/synaptic/preferences or vis versa. Also, the issue that when you select a package from the list to be pinned (Package -> Lock Version) the list will be emptied. After you research for that very package it will show a lock next to it (in the state column).


  1. Saturday, 18th Jun 2011 at 13:26

    Thanks for this article. I’d personally also like to convey that it can always be hard if you find yourself in school and merely starting out to initiate a long credit ranking. There are many college students who are only trying to endure and have long or favourable credit history can sometimes be a difficult point to have.

  2. sysblog said,

    Monday, 7th Apr 2008 at 18:32

    Sorry to hear the bug still persists; would be nice to see it fixed. Even though I understand there are many more important once to get hands on.

    How does The Heron feel? Cannot wait for RCs!

  3. ian said,

    Monday, 7th Apr 2008 at 03:42

    Good to see the possible reason and solution since it’s April 2008 and I’m using Hardy Heron Beta now and the bug still isn’t fixed apparently.

    Thanks for the info

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