Monday, January 31, 2011

Access Repositories on EOL (End of Life) Ubuntu Releases

A normal Ubuntu release is supported for 18 months on both Server and Desktop editions where as an LTS (Long Term Support) release is supported for 3 years on the Desktop whereas 5 years on Server edition. For a list of Ubuntu releases, see here.

If you've got a system running an older Ubuntu release which has reached EOL, you won't be able to access the repositories on that system and install software via the repositories. Instead, you will get a 404 Error when you try to.

There is a workaround to access the repositories on those releases even after they reach EOL but remember, you won't get security updates or patches for those releases and no official support. It is recommended that you update your EOL Ubuntu to a current version immediately. But, if you've got a strong reason to run an EOL release and have put some adequate security measures to protect your system, you can follow the steps below for accessing the repositories.

Edit your /etc/apt/sources.list by,

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Or you can use gedit instead of nano if you are running Ubuntu Desktop.

In the file that opens up, replace all the occurrences of with

Save and close that file and run,

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install <package>


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