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Old 03-11-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
ihambone
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Question Upgrading from Xubuntu 8.04 to 8.10


Hello,

First, I'm a newbie, so please forgive me if this seems totally obvious. :-)

Second, THANK YOU in advance for your help in this matter. I have searched the forums here, but could not find a thread pertaining to this problem. If such a thread exists, please feel free to point me in that direction.

Okay, here's my problem:

I cannot upgrade to the latest version of Xubuntu. (going from 8.04 to 8.10)

On another forum, someone suggested that I just type into a terminal:
"Code:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

This will upgrade you to the latest distro. "

I did that, and could see the system 'looking' for the update. It told me that I am up to date. However, I still do not have 8.10.

I think the problem may be (in part) that version 8.04 is designated as long term support, but the methods I have been following were supposed to be used for exactly this sort of upgrade. (It won't upgrade automatically to the newest version because the older version is designated for this long term support.)

According to the Xubuntu website, I should be able to select 'Update' from within the Update Manager. However, when I open the Update Manager, there is no option to 'Update'.

When I asked my update manager to 'check' for available updates, it returned the following error message:

"Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/hardy/Release Unable to find expected entry web/binary-i386/Packages in Meta-index file (malformed Release file?)
Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/di...curity/Release Unable to find expected entry web/binary-i386/Packages in Meta-index file (malformed Release file?)
Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...pdates/Release Unable to find expected entry web/binary-i386/Packages in Meta-index file (malformed Release file?)
Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead."

Can one of you large-brained folks out there piece together some sort of solution for me?

I will be watching this thread, so if you need any additional information from me, just say so, and I'll reply ASAP.

Thanks a bunch,

Hambone
 
Old 03-11-2009, 05:42 PM   #2
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Not a solution, but...

It is often better to make a fresh installation rather than to upgrade.
 
Old 03-11-2009, 06:12 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by thorkelljarl View Post
Not a solution, but...

It is often better to make a fresh installation rather than to upgrade.
(X)ubuntu has a good and very well-tested upgrade path. I upgraded my Ubuntu laptop two or three times, I have never had any problems and never lost any data. Plus you don't have to spend time setting things up every time you upgrade.

The errors you are seeing suggest that your apt-get installation can't find the files they need in the repository mirror you are using. You should probably switch to another mirror.

First, open Software Sources from the Administration menu, or run this:

Code:
gksu --desktop /usr/share/applications/software-properties.desktop /usr/bin/software-properties-gtk
On the Ubuntu Software tab, go to the "Download from" dropdown and select "Other". Click the "Select best server" button (if you still have problems later, then you might try setting this to the "Main Server" option or selecting something else from the list).

Go to the "Updates" tab and make sure you have selected "Normal Releases" from the "Release Upgrade" tab.

Close Software Sources and open the Synaptic package manager from the Administration menu, or run this:

Code:
gksu synaptic
Refresh, and you should see a button appear to upgrade your operating system. If not, it's likely that your mirror is busy (or conceivably no longer carrying Ubuntu 8.04), so try a different one.

Hope that helps,

—Robert J Lee
 
  


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