Fwd: Please retire extras.ubuntu.com

Dimitri John Ledkov xnox at ubuntu.com
Sun Jan 11 22:49:51 UTC 2015

Quickly glancing the technical-board mailing list I did not spot such
a resolution. For the benefit of future archive crawlers forwarding
this message to technical board mailing list for archival.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Stéphane Graber <stgraber at ubuntu.com>
Date: 11 January 2015 at 22:02
Subject: Re: Please retire extras.ubuntu.com
To: Dimitri John Ledkov <xnox at ubuntu.com>
Cc: Ubuntu Developers <ubuntu-devel at lists.ubuntu.com>

On Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 06:26:54PM +0000, Dimitri John Ledkov wrote:
> At the moment do-release-upgrade -d from utopic -> vivid is failing
> because extras.ubuntu.com repository does not exist for vivid, it's
> failing to fetch and thus upgrade is aborted becase of "possible
> network problems".
> Can we please stop adding extras.ubuntu.com by default? Not consider
> it's absence as failure to upgrade Ubuntu? Have it in apt.sources.d/*
> instead of apt.sources?
> Quantal appears to be the last release that had extras.ubuntu.com.
> Unless there are any objects I'll remove extras.ubuntu.com from new
> installations and will seek SRU to trusty and up to drop
> extras.ubuntu.com from the apt.sources.
> --
> Regards,
> Dimitri.

This was discussed by the Technical Board earlier this cycle and we
indeed agreed to retire extras.ubuntu.com.

I believe I've got the action to do the actual changes to get it off new
installations and upgrades to vivid but have been pretty busy with other
things so far, so any help is very much welcome!

For the record, the plan is to remove it from the default sources.list,
from software-properties and from any sources.list template that we
generate at installation time. Then do a change to the upgrader to
remove it for people upgrading to vivid.

SRUs would be nice but aren't strictly needed (other than what's needed
for the upgrader) as extras.ubuntu.com will remain online until trusty
goes EOL in April 2019 at which point we'll kill of the web server entirely.

Stéphane Graber
Ubuntu developer


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