My Linux Mint 15 install on VirtualBox was working great up until about two days ago, when the updater started throwing a ton of errors and refuses to progress with any apt-get update, apt-get install, or apt-get upgrade.

They are 404 errors on the archive.ubuntu.com site, under the /ubuntu/dists/raring-updates folder. I looked at it, it doesn't exist. Here's a direct link, which shows there is no raring-updates.

Where has raring-updates gone and what can I do to fix this?


3 Answers 3


On AskUbuntu there is this question which may of help

The repositories for EOL Ubuntu releases are archived, so http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/ was moved to http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/ (raring-updates is here) - basically all you should need to do is replace archive.ubuntu.com & security.ubuntu.com in the software sources (/etc/apt/sources.list) with old-releases.ubuntu.com, then run sudo apt-get update.

  • Unfortunately, due to missing hardware support, I cannot update to a newer version of Ubuntu than 13.04, so I have to rely on archived stuff like this. Thanks for the answer!
    – Bart
    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:31
  • @Bart - you could use a version of Ubuntu like 12.04 LTS, as that will still be supported for a while (2017 or something)... 13.04 should still work though as long as you change the repositories source.
    – Wilf
    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:14
  • I know, but thanks for the suggestion anyway. I'm actually using Linux Mint 15 (Olivia) which is based on Ubuntu 13.04. While previous versions work (Mint 13 (Maya) is based on 12.04LTS), it's really a bit outdated in many ways, and I'm happy I can at least use something "near recent". I can live with the fact that most apps will never be updated anymore, if only I can install them. With this "old-releases" repo I can :)
    – Bart
    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:26
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    old-releases does not have raring under ports.
    – bmargulies
    Aug 10, 2014 at 2:39

Try this version of /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list :

deb http://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/packages.linuxmint.com/packages/ olivia main upstream import 

deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/  raring main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-updates main restricted universe multiverse

deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ raring partner
  • This worked for me, I also had to ensure my /etc/apt/sources.list was empty.
    – Mr. Bungle
    Sep 29, 2014 at 12:26
Support for Ubuntu 13.04 officially ended on January 27, 2014.

Wikpedia entry on Raring Ringtail. Presumably, you would want to update to a supported version... The current version of Linux Mint is 17.

  • I wonder when I missed these releases. Jul 19, 2014 at 14:31

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