Re: apt pinning to blacklist a package
On Tue, Jul 07, 2009 at 09:12:39PM -0400, Rob Owens wrote:
> I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong...
> I want to prevent a particular package from ever being installed. In /etc/apt/preferences I have:
> Package: somepackage
> Pin: version *
> Pin-Priority: -1
> But the package can still be installed by either command:
> apt-get install somepackage
> apt-get install otherpackage (where 'otherpackage' depends on
> I thought maybe the 'version *' was throwing it off, so I replaced '*' with
> the actual version number and the package still gets installed.
> Any ideas how to achieve my goal of blacklisting this particular package?
Argh, moments after posting I came across a solution (I swear I've been googling for days). It works like this:
Pin: release a=fakerepo
Since "fakerepo" is not a valid release, "somepackage" is never
installable. I'm still not sure why my original scheme didn't work.
I got the solution from here: http://discuss.itwire.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13787&p=49182