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    How to disable the update manager in ubuntu 12.04

    I want to disable it, I find it annoying and useless, Updating via the terminal is so much easier and faster so tell me how i might go about disabling it?

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    Re: How to disable the update manager in ubuntu 12.04

    Hi sky5564.

    There are seem to be several ways to accomplish this. These are what I think are the most simple:

    First, to stop it from popping up: go to 'Startup Applications' and disable the 'Update Notifier'.

    Then to avoid double work (the 'check' option that does apt-get update): open 'Update Manager' and press 'Settings'. There is section called 'Automatic Update'. There, change the field 'Check for updates' from 'Daily' to 'Never' (or uncheck the field on 10.04).

    I hope that helps, and tell us how it goes.
    Regards.

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    Re: How to disable the update manager in ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by sky5564 View Post
    I want to disable it, I find it annoying and useless, Updating via the terminal is so much easier and faster so tell me how i might go about disabling it?
    Yes, Startup Applications lists all of the programs running in the "tray" at login. Just disable whatever you don't want running in the background.

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    Re: How to disable the update manager in ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by papibe View Post
    Hi sky5564.

    There are seem to be several ways to accomplish this. These are what I think are the most simple:

    First, to stop it from popping up: go to 'Startup Applications' and disable the 'Update Notifier'.

    Then to avoid double work (the 'check' option that does apt-get update): open 'Update Manager' and press 'Settings'. There is section called 'Automatic Update'. There, change the field 'Check for updates' from 'Daily' to 'Never' (or uncheck the field on 10.04).

    I hope that helps, and tell us how it goes.
    Regards.
    Well i went to startup applications but it was empty, But i went to the update manager and selected weekly updates instead of daily so maybe that will be good enough to stop the daily nagging lol.

    Thanks guys this solved my problem.

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    Re: How to disable the update manager in ubuntu 12.04

    Cut & paste this into the terminal:

    sudo sed -i 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop

    After this, then reopen 'Startup Applications' and all will be good.

    Enjoy.
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    Re: How to disable the update manager in ubuntu 12.04

    It's always a good idea to explain exactly what any suggested command line does, since it's so easy to destroy a system by giving out a malicious command. The one by kgarbutt is fine, and helpful -- I mean no criticism of his helpfulness, just a general suggestion to everyone.

    Here's what it does: The *.desktop files in the /etc/xdg/autostart directory are the launchers for each listed process, and some but not all of them contain the line "NoDisplay=true" to prevent them from being displayed in the Autostart dialog. His command simply changes that line from "true" to "false" in any desktop file that contains it, so that all of the launchers appear in the dialog and can be enabled or disabled. It's a highly powerful technique!
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    Re: How to disable the update manager in ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by kgarbutt View Post
    sudo sed -i 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop
    Much appreciated!

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    Re: How to disable the update manager in ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by kgarbutt View Post
    Cut & paste this into the terminal:

    sudo sed -i 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop

    After this, then reopen 'Startup Applications' and all will be good.

    Enjoy.
    Sweet! Thanx for that!
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    Re: How to disable the update manager in ubuntu 12.04

    A related question from a Linux newbie.

    I've been updating from the shell with apt-get update then apt-get upgrade. I recently did this right after the update manager prompted me to perform several upgrades. I moved to the shell instead.

    I then re-opened the update manager to verify that the list of upgrades was indeed empty. To my amazement, it was not (after pushing the check button)... How can apt-get be missing updates scheduled in the update manager?

    Thanks in advance,
    Last edited by emagar; July 10th, 2012 at 10:58 AM.

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    Re: How to disable the update manager in ubuntu 12.04

    Did you click the "Check" button in Update Manager after doing the update through the terminal? This should force the program to compare the latest version in the repository to those in your machine, and update its list of pending updates accordingly. It doesn't do that checking automatically...
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