I'm running an older LTS version of Ubuntu and I cannot upgrade due to my VPS.

Given that, is there any way I can force apt-get to let me have access to all the newest packages from any repository anywhere?

...such that if I just type apt-get install anyPackageIveEverHeardOf it won't complain?

Note: this isn't asking to install all the packages, just to install any packages!

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    How much disk space do you got? – Bernhard Nov 15 '13 at 21:12
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    edit /etc/apt/sources.list and change the codename. then run sudo apt-get update, but be aware that the system will now prompt you to install all the new package upgrades that would have been installed when you upgrade your install! – strugee Nov 16 '13 at 1:19
  • This would require a search service of some kind that indexes “any repository anywhere”, which I doubt exists. (No, Google doesn't solve the problem: too many false positives.) In any case, a lot of these packages would be uninstallable because they are intended for different distributions or different Ubuntu versions. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Nov 16 '13 at 21:18

Yes. you can download any required package & can install it. Either you can download it from web or like,

$ sudo apt-get download [packagename]


you can specify the web URL and can download it from terminal using wget like,

$ sudo wget [http:\\exampl.com\pack.deb]

then you can install that .deb file as,

$ dpkg -i [packagename]
  • This doesn't help to find packages from “any repository anywhere”. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Nov 16 '13 at 21:16
  • If you want to find new packages from repository, simply open the update-manager in ubuntu, & you will get a list of all packages that are new or not installed on your machine & then you can install required packages to your machine. – Aditya Nov 18 '13 at 3:28
  • That's packages from repositories that are already in your source list. This is not what the question is about. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Nov 18 '13 at 10:11

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