I just installed Debian 9 this morning to test before upgrading. My preferred terminal app is "roxterm", and it is one of the first things I always install.

Ran "sudo apt update" (no errors), then "sudo apt install roxterm" and got the following:

E: Unable to locate package roxterm

I've been looking up Debian 9 & roxterm off and on all day today and haven't found any inkling as to whether or not it has been removed, and if it hasn't, why I can't find it.

Here's my sources.list:

# deb http://debian.uchicago.edu/debian/ stretch main

deb http://debian.uchicago.edu/debian/ stretch main
deb-src http://debian.uchicago.edu/debian/ stretch main

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

# stretch-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
deb http://debian.uchicago.edu/debian/ stretch-updates main
deb-src http://debian.uchicago.edu/debian/ stretch-updates main

# add contrib & non-free repos
#deb http://deb.debian.org/debian stretch contrib non-free
#deb http://security.debian.org stretch/updates contrib non-free
deb http://debian.uchicago.edu/debian stretch contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org/debian-security stretch/updates contrib non-free

I've also run "sudo apt-cache search roxterm" - nothing shows up.

No issues installing a number of other packages...

Any information on either what I'm missing or where I should look would be much appreciated!

Edited to add - also tried "apt-get" in place of "apt" a few times even though it isn't needed any longer, as well as su'ing to root and running the commands w/out "sudo" - all with the same results.

2 Answers 2


If a package isn't available from your package sources, you won't find any information through local means. You can get information about the fate of a package in Debian on the website: https://packages.debian.org/package-name, https://bugs.debian.org/package-name, https://packages.qa.debian.org/First letter of name/package-name.

[On the package page, you can see that roxterm is present in wheezy and jessie, but not in buster and it isn't in unstable anymore either. There's also a link to the QA page.

On the QA page, you'll find information about why a package has been automatically removed from testing and how a package might be removed from Debian altogether..

Roxterm was removed from unstable in June 2016 for the reason

ROM¹; Upstream discontinued; has RC bug

Unless you want to take on the maintenance of roxterm, you'd better find an alternative.

The details are in Bug #827768.

¹ Request of Maintainer.


According to the Debian package tracker, it was removed from testing a year ago, and is present only in wheezy and jessie.

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