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, 2015 at 12:16
  • Does select all... Aug 11, 2015 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). Aug 11, 2015 at 8:17
  • @MichaelJohn If you want to systematically omit a package from being upgraded, put it on hold (“Lock version” in Synaptic). Aug 11, 2015 at 8:24
  • Useful - previously unaware of option... Aug 11, 2015 at 10:31

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