In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to disable Automatic Updates from GUI Desktop
- How to disable Automatic Updates from command line
Software Requirements and Conventions Used
|Category||Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used|
|System||Installed Ubuntu 20.04 or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa|
|Other||Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the
# - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of
Disable Automatic Updates on Ubuntu 20.04 step by step instructionsWarning:Disabling automatic updates comes with a security risk. Once automatic updates are disabled, use
$ sudo apt updateand
$ sudo apt upgradeto 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
aptlocked 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.
How to disable Automatic Updates from command line
Open and edit the
/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20auto-upgradesusing the bellow command:
$ sudoedit /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20auto-upgradesChange content:
APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1"; APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";TO:
APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "0"; APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "0"; APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "0"; APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";All done.