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How to remove system upgrade notification ("Fedora 27 Now Available") ?

asked 2017-12-18 06:38:39 -0500

remjg gravatar image

updated 2018-05-14 09:28:49 -0500

At startup, I have the following notification in GNOME Shell :

Software Upgrade Available

A new version of Fedora is available to install

GNOME Shell notification

Same thing in GNOME Software :

Fedora 27 Now Available

A major upgrade, with new features and added polish.

GNOME Software notification

Is it possible to disable these notifications ?

(I wan't to avoid that a friend upgrades the system on his computer)

Update: same issue for Fedora 27 -> 28 upgrade...

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answered 2017-12-18 08:13:54 -0500

Honza Kašík gravatar image

You can disable all Gnome Software notifications in Settings -> Notifications. This will however disable notifications for updates too...

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Indeed, better than nothing ;)

I want to allow (and encourage) the user to install regular updates without tempting him to upgrade the whole system (a package is not available on Fedora 27).

remjg gravatar imageremjg ( 2017-12-18 14:29:54 -0500 )edit

I would not enourage anyone to install/remove software using Gnome Software. It only leads to problems down the road.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-12-21 14:12:08 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-12-21 14:10:46 -0500

florian gravatar image

You can disable (mask) Gnome Software entirely.

That way ...

  • you don't receive any notifications
  • Software is not using up bandwidth by downloading metadata
  • you don't use it to install/remove software, which breaks the proper functionality of dnf


sudo systemctl mask packagekit.service
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Very useful, thanks ! But I still want the user to be able to use it to update/install applications using Gnome Software.

remjg gravatar imageremjg ( 2017-12-23 03:07:54 -0500 )edit

Good question. How to enable end-user to update the system but not to upgrade it to the next release.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-12-23 10:45:28 -0500 )edit

I have written a bug report, seems like there is no obvious way of disabling system upgrade notifications.

remjg gravatar imageremjg ( 2017-12-27 05:21:48 -0500 )edit

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