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This is generally how I update Drupal core:

composer update drupal/core --with-dependencies

However, today when I do this, it is also upgrading the contrib modules. I want to upgrade the core only.

Here is the first part of my composer.json:

{
"name": "drupal/drupal",
"description": "Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications.",
"type": "project",
"license": "GPL-2.0-or-later",
"require": {
    "wikimedia/composer-merge-plugin": "^1.4",
    "drupal/entity_clone": "^1.0@beta",
    "drupal/features": "^3.8",
    "drupal/metatag": "^1.8",
    "drupal/webform": "^5.1",
    "drupal/config_installer": "^1.8",
    "drupal/entity_browser": "^2.1",
    "drupal/media_entity_browser": "^1.0@beta",
    "drupal/entity_embed": "^1.0@beta",
    "drupal/file_browser": "^1.1",
    "drupal/admin_menu_search": "^1.0",
    "drupal/backup_migrate": "^4.0",
    "drupal/block_field": "^1.0@alpha",
    "drupal/contact_block": "^1.4",
    "drupal/contribute": "^5.0@beta",
    "drupal/ctools": "^3.2",
    "drupal/entity_reference_revisions": "^1.6",
    "drupal/facets": "^1.3",
    "drupal/field_group": "^3.0",
    "drupal/form_placeholder": "^1.0",
    "drupal/formblock": "^1.0@beta",
    "drupal/glazed_helper": "^1.3",
    "drupal/google_analytics": "^3.0",
    "drupal/honeypot": "^1.29",
    "drupal/imce": "^1.7",
    "drupal/insert_block": "1.x-dev",
    "drupal/linkit": "^4.3",
    "drupal/login_emailusername": "^1.1",
    "drupal/material_admin": "^1.0@alpha",
    "drupal/menu_link_attributes": "^1.0",
    "drupal/minifyhtml": "^1.6",
    "drupal/paragraphs": "^1.6",
    "drupal/pathauto": "^1.4",
    "drupal/redirect": "^1.3",
    "drupal/require_login": "^2.0",
    "drupal/search_api": "^1.11",
    "drupal/simple_sitemap": "^3.0",
    "drupal/simplenews": "^1.0@alpha",
    "drupal/tfa": "^1.0@alpha",
    "drupal/token": "^1.5",
    "drupal/video_embed_field": "^2.0",
    "drupal/view_unpublished": "^1.0@alpha",
    "drupal/viewport": "^1.1",
    "drupal/viewsreference": "^1.4",
    "drupal/workflow_state_config": "^1.0@alpha",
    "drupal/xmlsitemap": "^1.0@alpha",
    "drupal/allowed_formats": "^1.1",
    "drupal/asset_injector": "^2.4",
    "drupal/taxonomy_access_fix": "^2.6",
    "drupal/text_summary_options": "^1.0",
    "drupal/migrate_source_csv": "^2.2",
    "drupal/migrate_plus": "^4.1",
    "drupal/migrate_tools": "^4.1",
    "drupal/migrate_file": "^1.1",
    "drupal/entityqueue": "^1.0@alpha",
    "drupal/module_missing_message_fixer": "^1.0@beta",
    "drupal/rules": "^3.0@alpha",
    "ckeditor/autogrow": "^4.8",
    "ckeditor/codemirror": "^1.17",
    "ckeditor/fakeobjects": "^4.8",
    "ckeditor/image": "^4.8",
    "ckeditor/link": "^4.8",
    "codemirror/codemirror": "^5.36",
    "jquery/geocomplete": "^1.7",
    "jquery/icheck": "^1.0",
    "jquery/image-picker": "^0.3.0",
    "jquery/inputmask": "^3.3",
    "jquery/intl-tel-input": "^12.1",
    "jquery/rateit": "^1.1",
    "jquery/select2": "^4.0",
    "jquery/timepicker": "^1.11",
    "jquery/toggles": "^4.0",
    "jquery/word-and-character-counter": "^2.5",
    "progress-tracker/progress-tracker": "^1.4",
    "signature_pad/signature_pad": "^2.3",
    "drupal/image_widget_crop": "^2.2",
    "drupal/crop": "^1.5",
    "drupal/better_exposed_filters": "^3.0@alpha",
    "drupal/block_visibility_groups_admin": "^1.3",
    "drupal/content_export_csv": "^3.0@beta",
    "drupal/contentimport": "^4.1",
    "drupal/event": "1.x-dev",
    "drupal/entity_reference_views_select": "^1.3",
    "drupal/imce_search_plugin": "^1.0",
    "drupal/inline_entity_form": "^1.0@RC",
    "drupal/job": "^3.0@alpha",
    "drupal/media_bulk_upload": "^1.0@alpha",
    "drupal/memcache": "^2.0",
    "drupal/purge_ui": "^3.0@beta",
    "drupal/purge_processor_lateruntime": "^3.0@beta",
    "drupal/purge_tokens": "^3.0@beta",
    "drupal/twig_tweak": "^2.1",
    "drupal/views_bulk_operations": "^2.5",
    "drupal/block_visibility_groups": "^1.3",
    "drush/drush": "^9.5",
    "drupal/we_megamenu": "^1.5",
    "drupal/views_infinite_scroll": "^1.5",
    "drupal/embed": "^1.0",
    "drupal/dropzonejs": "^2.0@alpha",
    "drupal/purge": "^3.0@beta",
    "drupal/address": "^1.4",
    "drupal/purge_purger_http": "^1.0@beta",
    "drupal/smtp": "1.0-beta6",
    "drupal/content_sync": "^2.1",
    "drupal/console": "~1.0",
    "drupal/devel": "^2.0",
    "drupal/search_api_solr": "^1.2",
    "drupal/bootstrap": "^3.17",
    "drupal/captcha": "^1.0@beta",
    "drupal/core": "^8.9"
},
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    Is it the same when you do just $ composer update drupal/core? Can it be that you deleted your composer.lock file? Please also read drupal/drupal deprecated. There is stated: With drupal/drupal Drupal core cannot be updated with Composer, and updates are going to be extremely difficult. You can not apply Drupal core patches with cweagans/composer-patches. Avoid this solution. You should switch to a different template instead.
    – leymannx
    Jan 8, 2021 at 15:37
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    The page I linked to suggests you use a different Composer template. Not "name": "drupal/drupal". Instead refactor your composer.json to look like the one from the drupal/recommended-project template. Don't delete the lock file. Of course everything installs in a different version than in the lock file when you remove it.
    – leymannx
    Jan 8, 2021 at 16:00
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    @leymannx was asking if you deleted the composer.lock file and that caused the issue you described. He wasn't saying that deleting that file is the way to fix the issue.
    – apaderno
    Jan 8, 2021 at 16:04
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    Also, Composer updates the files, but that is not sufficient to update a module. For that, Drupal needs to invoke its hook_update_N() implementations. Once Drupal does that, the database shows as installed the version Composer copied.
    – apaderno
    Jan 8, 2021 at 16:07
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    Yes, composer is a package manager. It does not interact with the database. Git shouldnt (really) be tracking the contrib directory either.
    – Kevin
    Jan 8, 2021 at 16:56

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