[nmglug] dist-update w/o upgrading Firefox

Brian O'Keefe okeefe at cybermesa.com
Fri May 24 15:35:52 PDT 2019

Thanks! Yes, I did mean dist-upgrade and thanks for catching that. I 
will give your instructions a try. I may use a virtual machine to be 
sure I know what I'm doing. I am used to apt and apt-get and the command 



On 5/24/19 3:33 PM, Akkana Peck wrote:
> Brian O'Keefe writes:
>>     I'd like to run "apt dist-update" but I don't want to upgrade FF as I'm
>>     using FF52 ESR as any newer version doesn't support some add-ons I want
>>     to keep. Hence I never upgrade it though if the add-ons maintainers
>>     adapt to the new FF I certainly will too.
> I'm assuming you mean dist-upgrade, since dist-update isn't a valid
> apt command (at least on my system, it says Invalid operation).
> You can tell apt to "hold" a package, so it won't install a new
> version on top of what you already have:
> sudo aptitude hold firefox-esr
> (or whatever the package name is that you want to hold.
> Apparently you can also use sudo apt-mark hold firefox-esr,
> if you don't have aptitude installed, though personally I've only
> set holds with aptitude.
> You should probably hold all the firefox-esr-related packages
> you have installed, so get a list with
> aptitude search firefox-esr | grep '^i'
> or
> apt list --installed 'firefox-esr*'
> to see if you need to hold any additional packages.
> I don't know for sure that any of this will work with the GUI
> update manager you're using, but it works for apt-get dist-upgrade
> from the command line.
> You can see your held packages with
> aptitude search '~ahold'
>          ...Akkana
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