The objective is to disable automatic updates on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Operating System and Software Versions
- Operating System: – Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via
sudo command is required.
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Warning:Disabling automatic updates comes with a security risk. Once automatic updates are disabled, use
$ sudo apt update and
$ sudo apt upgrade to keep your system updated manually.
There are some situations when you may want to disable automatic updates. For example if you receive these error messages:
Reading package lists... Done E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable) E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/
The above is a result of a triggered automatic updates procedure where
apt locked down the /var/lib/apt/lists/lock file, thus the administrator is prevented from installing new packages and is forced to wait until the automatic updates refresh cycle is completed.
Disable Automatic Updates from Command Line
/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20auto-upgrades to disable automatic updates from the command line:
$ sudo nano /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20auto-upgrades
Once you have the file opened, switch off the
Update-Package-Lists directive from
0 as shown below on Line 1:
APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "0"; APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";
Disable Automatic Updates from Graphical User Interface
You can also disable automatic updates on your Ubuntu 18.04 desktop using the graphical user interface: