Kubuntu: Disable Package-Kit Dist-Upgrade Notification

Use case

After spending how many days of configuration and adjustments I have an almost flawless desktop environment running on my Kubuntu Maverick system. Sound, dual monitor, desktop effects.. everything works like a charm.

So the last thing whats in my mind is to update my Kubutu to the new released (and first and foremost buggy) 11.04 version. And for some unfathomable reasons my desktop notifier bothers me continuously and in very short intervals to do the one-click-upgrade.

This is driving me nuts! So here is a solution to disable ANY distributional update notifications:


Open the release-upgrades file

$ sudo nano /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades

And edit as follow

# default prompting behavior, valid options:
#  never  - never prompt for a new distribution version
#  normal - prompt if a new version of the distribution is available
#  lts    - prompt only if a LTS version of the distribution is available

As you can see, the “normal” behaviour is defined as default. You can either choose to receive only notifications if any new LTS version is out there, or disable any dist-upgrades entirely.

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2 comments on “Kubuntu: Disable Package-Kit Dist-Upgrade Notification
  1. Kristle says:

    Thanks for the tip. A week after I installed 11.04, I reinstalled 10.10 and am quite happy with it.

    When the next LTS comes along, I’ll probably upgrade, but it will be a clean install.

    • Snowmiss says:


      From my Kubuntu 10.10 /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades

      # The upgrader will attempt to upgrade to the first LTS
      # release available after the currently-running one.
      # Note that this option should not be used if the
      # currently-running release is not itself an LTS
      # release, since in that case the upgrader won’t be
      # able to determine if a newer release is available.

      So I will have to remember that when 12.04 comes out I can do a clean install ;)

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