Everytime I try to apt-get update it comes up with the following:

Err http://archive.ubuntu.com Precise/main amd64 Packages
404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Err http://archive.ubuntu.com Precise/restricted amd64 Packages
404 Not Found [IP: 80]

What am I doing wrong?

  • edit your sources.list and add to the url the /ubuntu/ part.
    – Braiam
    Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 22:50

1 Answer 1


Linux Mint is not meant to be updated over release boundaries. The suggested approach is killing your old installation by re-installing. I know this is a rather unsatisfying answer, but it's the way it's meant to be from upstream.

Trying to do a "rolling" update ia is essence possible but might break in an unpredictable and thus horrible way and when trying to do so you should really be knowing what you're about to do. (This isn't my personal view but the official project's opinion)

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    This is one reason that Linux Mint Debian Edition came out, it does allow for rolling updates.
    – Eric
    Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 0:40
  • Oh, interesting! Thanks for the information, I had not heard about this, yet, but it's good to know. Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 7:31

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