Holding packages in Ubuntu

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A quick tip on how to hold packages at a given version in Ubuntu. Will work for other Debian based operating systems as well.

First, install the package at the given version. Here’s how to install Elasticsearch 2.4.1:

sudo apt-get install -y elasticsearch=2.4.1

Verify it’s installed with the correct version by running:

dpkg -l | grep elasticsearch

This should return a line that looks like this:

hi  elasticsearch                    2.4.1                               all          Elasticsearch is a ...

Now it’s time to tell dpkg to hold this version:

echo "elasticsearch hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections

Verify by running:

dpkg --get-selections | grep elasticsearch

That’s it! From now on, each sudo apt-get upgrade or equivalent won’t upgrade the Elasticsearch package. Neat!