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Getting rid of the “Get more security upgrades through Ubuntu Pro with ‘esm-apps’ enabled” message when performing a system update

15th April 2024

Not so long ago, I got the above message while running sudo apt upgrade on an Ubuntu Server system. This was not the first time that this kind of thing happened to me, so I started searching the web for a solution. You do get to see complaints about advertising, but these are never useful.

Accordingly, here are some possible ways of remediating the situation:

  • Execute the following commands to disable the responsible services, renaming the configuration file to prevent it from being used (deleting or editing the configuration file to remove the unwanted content are other options):

    sudo systemctl mask apt-news.service

    sudo systemctl mask esm-cache.service

    sudo mv /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20apt-esm-hook.conf

  • Alternatively, simply remove the ubuntu-advantage-tools package, which contains the /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20apt-esm-hook.conf file.
  • Another option is to remove the ubuntu-pro-client package.
  • Lastly, there also is the possibility of enabling ESM, though that was not desirable for me.

In my case, it may have been the penultimate option on the list that I chose. In any case, I was rid of the unwanted message.

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