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Want to stop: packagekit systemd gnome-software

asked 2018-12-01 11:31:49 -0500

lovepump gravatar image

Just like the title reads.

Every time I reboot I have to issue:

sudo systemctl stop packagekit; sudo systemctl disable packagekit

Or my var partition fills up with unwanted fedora 28 and 29 rpms from packagekit/gnome-software.

Something is re-enabling it with every reboot.

I've also read about disabling gnome-software and done so, but I am assuming gnome-software is what I have gotten wrong, given systemd/systemctl should be "in charge".

Can someone help me understand why I can't turn this off?

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answered 2018-12-01 11:57:30 -0500

SteveEbey73701 gravatar image

try sudo systemctl mask packagekit

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Will give it a shot. Any reason why a mask is better than a disable here? Perhaps the shortcut "existing" is enough for gnome-software to leave it alone (or not add it back in)?

lovepump gravatar imagelovepump ( 2018-12-01 16:02:45 -0500 )edit

Good question: 'disable' just prevents a service from being started at startup. Even when a service is disabled, it can be started if some other unit is started that depends on it. You need to do 'mask' if you want to prevent that service from being started in this additional case. There's a nice explanation here:

bivalence gravatar imagebivalence ( 2018-12-02 09:37:16 -0500 )edit

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