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    Exclamation won't upgrade or update

    Hi, when I try to upgrade the distribution or update, both fail.

    I get this message:

    The system was unable to get the prerequisites for the upgrade. The upgrade will abort now and restore the original system state.

    Please report this as a bug against the 'update-manager' package and include the files in /var/log/dist-upgrade/ in the bugreport.

    during the fetching process, it stops at file number 52 of 79.

    thanks for any help,

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    Re: won't upgrade or update

    Which release are you running? Post your /etc/apt/sources.list.

    Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
    Code:
    cat /etc/apt/sources.list
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    Re: won't upgrade or update

    Feisty Fawn.

    this is what the website says: Before upgrading to Ubuntu 7.10, you should make sure Ubuntu 7.04 is fully up to date. Ubuntu 7.04 does not have ongoing support and has now been removed from the normal archives and mirrors, but its packages are still available if you add these lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

    deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ feisty main restricted universe multiverse
    deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ feisty-updates main restricted universe multiverse
    deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ feisty-security main restricted universe multiverse
    deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ feisty-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ feisty-backports main/debian-installer
    deb-src http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ feisty-backports main restricted universe multiverse

    don't forget to comment out all others source entries

    where can I find this " /etc/apt/sources.list file "
    Last edited by Sevan; March 22nd, 2009 at 01:54 AM.

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    Re: won't upgrade or update

    The sources.list is in /etc/apt = /etc/apt/sources.list.
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    Re: won't upgrade or update

    Sorry it's been a long time since I've used Linux.

    How do I log into root to change the file?

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    Re: won't upgrade or update

    sudo nautilus

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    Re: won't upgrade or update

    Quote Originally Posted by Sevan View Post
    How do I log into root to change the file?
    There are several ways you can edit the file as root (superuser).

    You can open and edit the file in the terminal using nano...

    Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
    Or you can use gedit by starting it as a superuser in terminal...

    Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal

    Code:
    gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
    Hope this helps.

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    Re: won't upgrade or update

    My understanding is that if you want to open nautilus as a superuser, it is better to use...

    Code:
    gksu nautilus
    -or-

    Code:
    gksudo nautilus
    and to not use sudo nautilus

    Quote Originally Posted by hyperdude111 View Post
    sudo nautilus

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    Re: won't upgrade or update

    Quote Originally Posted by boof1988 View Post
    My understanding is that if you want to open nautilus as a superuser, it is better to use...

    Code:
    gksu nautilus
    -or-

    Code:
    gksudo nautilus
    and to not use sudo nautilus
    Why?

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    Re: won't upgrade or update

    Quote Originally Posted by hyperdude111 View Post
    Why?
    Here's a couple resources. The third one is just a thread that links to the second. I just included it for reference.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/graphicalsudo

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=287563

    Of course, if you don't think it matters, than continue using sudo for all thing superuser. Just please don't recommend that other's do it as well.


    EDIT:

    This additional thread just talks about gksu vs gksudo. Just wanted to include it for completeness (and my future reference).

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=397398
    Last edited by boof1988; March 24th, 2009 at 11:00 PM. Reason: Added extra link

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