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How do I stop Package Kit from constantly searching for updates?

asked 2011-12-22 23:56:38 +0000

ransea gravatar image

updated 2012-11-06 01:14:14 +0000

mattdm gravatar image

Package Kit is running about every five minutes on my F16 machine. It's hogging a lot of resources when active.

I prefer to perform manual yum updates, and when PK is running, it holds "yum lock" until it finishes. I have no desire for automatic updates and would like to switch this feature off.

I've removed the yum - package kit plugin but this does not stop the problem.

How can I stop package kit from constantly running?

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If you're running F16, you'll never get any updates because it's past End Of Life. That includes security updates. Unless you have a very good reason, I'd suggest upgrading to (at least) F17.

sideburns ( 2013-05-02 20:03:37 +0000 )edit

I'm getting this on Fedora 21, perhaps the f21 repositories were just killed as it's way past EOL, or something. Is it intentional for PackageKit to mob users into upgrading the system?

Federico ( 2016-05-18 19:38:44 +0000 )edit

I still have F 21 on my desktop. (Combination of hardware trouble and inertia.) I never use PackageKit, but I do know that the repositories are still there and usable.

sideburns ( 2016-05-18 20:13:37 +0000 )edit

Oh well, it was easier to upgrade to fedora 23 than to solve this!

Federico ( 2016-05-20 11:15:40 +0000 )edit

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answered 2011-12-23 00:22:40 +0000

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updated 2011-12-23 00:25:14 +0000

Try running the following command:

sudo /usr/bin/gpk-prefs

then select Never and Nothing respectively from the Check for updates and Automatically install drop down lists.

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There is no such option in Fedora 21 any more.

rbu ( 2015-04-17 08:33:18 +0000 )edit

In Fedora 21 it open Package Sources (repositories). How to disable it in Fedora 21?

skytux ( 2015-05-08 20:27:17 +0000 )edit

Fedora 21 has a command line utility for updating gnome settings, "gsettings set org.gnome.software download-updates false". More info here: https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/ques...

teriyakichild ( 2015-09-17 14:19:44 +0000 )edit

That's only for GNOME though

Federico ( 2016-05-18 19:36:49 +0000 )edit

answered 2013-05-02 18:37:23 +0000

phorgan1 gravatar image

If you really don't want it and you're running kde anyway, just get rid of it.

sudo yum remove PackageKit

You can still add/remove/update software graphically via kde tools and via the command line with yum.

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answered 2017-08-09 07:23:07 +0000

PackageKit can be controlled through systemd. systemctl stop packagekit systemctl disable packagekit

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