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Clear selections in Aptitude

Due to the broken gnome issue, I cannot use CTRL+U to upgrade my system, unless I want gnome to be installed. Unfortunately, aptitude has all of the upgrades and such selected for installation (from a previous time that I forgot to CTRL+C out of aptitude) and I cannot simply deselect them to prevent any action to be taken.

I could simply place all of those packages on hold, but then I would have to unhold them later when the issue is fixed. Is there a way to simply unselect all selected packages so that no action is performed on them... that way if I want to install something I can still use aptitude to do it?


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