I am trying to run a sudo apt-get update command, my current distro is Debian Wheezy, and I am getting this error when I try to run the command :

W: Failed to fetch http://security.debian.org/dists/wheezy/updates/Release
Unable to find expected entry 'main/binary-mipsel/Packages' in Release file
(Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file)

However when I take a look at the sources.list file it seems to be fine :

deb http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy main
deb-src http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy main

deb http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy-updates main
deb-src http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy-updates main

deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main

That's because Debian 7 is now on long-term support, and security support is only available on i386, amd64, armel and armhf. There is no mipsel security support any more on Debian 7, you should upgrade to Debian 8.

  • Do the bad guys know they are not supposed to attack Debian 7 MIPS because its not supported? What happns when a board does not have an OEM'd Debian 8 image?
    – user56041
    Aug 15 '16 at 1:13
  • 2
    @jww if someone needs LTS on Debian 7 on MIPS, it might be possible to sponsor it... If that's not acceptable, you can always ask for a refund for Debian ;-). Aug 15 '16 at 6:21

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