Is it possible to update/remove/install 1 package with composer without updating everything?

I have seen a few posts answering this and saying that “composer require package” or “composer update package” will do this; but absolutely everything i do with composer attempts to update everything listed in require section of composer.json.

I thought perhaps just removing the require lines in composer.json would avoid this mess; but composer then removes these modules from my docroot.

I simply want to remove my broken (not sure why) version of drush on the server and replace it with a new one without updating core or any contrib modules.

composer remove drush/drush – but it fails the removal and then tries to update everything

xxx:~/www/d8$ composer remove drush/drush drush/drush is not required in your composer.json and has not been removed

DrupalProjectcomposerScriptHandler::checkComposerVersion Package “drush/drush” listed for update is not installed. Ignoring. Loading composer repositories with package information Updating dependencies (including require-dev) Your requirements could not be resolved to an installable set of packages.

any composer command i try (rmeove, update, require) seems to want to update everything.. and then fails because of dependencies conflicts (which is good; since I don’t want anything being updated anyway).


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