First you need to uninstall the current version (5.4-10) of watchdog package:
apt-get purge watchdog
Download the watchdog package from Etch and install it.
# wget http://http.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/w/watchdog/watchdog_5.2.6-6_i386.deb
# dpkg -i watchdog_5.2.6-6_i386.deb
Now to hold the above installed package giving the following command:
echo watchdog hold | dpkg --set-selections
To confirm if your command worked properly give the following command:
debian:~# dpkg -l | grep watchdog
hi watchdog 5.2.6-6 software watchdog
The ‘h’ (marked in red) above tells us that the package has been put on old.
If you are using aptitude then you hold the package by:
aptitude hold watchdog
Now let’s way if you want to do an “apt-get upgrade” because Lenny got updated or some new security patches have arrived:
# apt-get upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
As you can see the watchdog package didn’t got upgraded to 5.4-10 and remained at 5.2.6-6.
To remove the “hold” from package give the following command:
echo watchdog install | dpkg --set-selections
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