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I am running Mint 13, both 32- and 64-bit versions. In general I prefer to use the Synaptic Package Manager as it handles the dependancies. One view shows you all the upgradeable packages. Is there a way to bulk select them all and then deselect the few you do wish to upgrade? Selecting them all one-by-one is a major pain.

  • Have you tried to click on top list, hold shift, click on the last and after that right click? – AndreiR Aug 10 '15 at 12:16
  • Does select all... – MichaelJohn Aug 11 '15 at 8:18
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In the left panel, select the “Status” filter, and choose the “Installed (upgradable)” list. You can select all packages in a view by clicking the first package, scrolling to the last package and shift-clicking it. Or with the keyboard, press Home then Shift+End. Then right-click or bring up the “Package” menu and select “Unmark” or “Mark for Upgrade”. You can also keep the Ctrl key down to move around without changing the selection and click or press space to select the package under the cursor.

  • This works and I can then deselect the few I do not wish to upgrade such as vsFTPd which I had to backport (was refusing to run with writeable root inside chroot). – MichaelJohn Aug 11 '15 at 8:17
  • @MichaelJohn If you want to systematically omit a package from being upgraded, put it on hold (“Lock version” in Synaptic). – Gilles Aug 11 '15 at 8:24
  • Useful - previously unaware of option... – MichaelJohn Aug 11 '15 at 10:31

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