Entry 60 error, software updater failed; can't find file /etc/apt/sources.list

Colin Law clanlaw at gmail.com
Sun Aug 5 07:56:36 UTC 2018

On 4 August 2018 at 22:50, Gene Heskett <gheskett at shentel.net> wrote:

> ...
> If gedit was used on that file before, all bets are off and it may
> contain most anything but a valid sources.list now. I've had that happen
> too many times Colin, and nuked gedit from all my systems going on about
> 2 years ago now.  Neither nano, nor geany (needs X)  has ever trashed a
> file. 60 lines is in fact a possibility, but the usual install is less
> than 20, and this user is not a "power" user, so 60 lines also raised a
> red flag for me.

I have never had any problems with gedit, though one must never use it with
sudo of course, being a graphical app.  The default sources.list on 18.04
has 51 lines so where your 'less than 20' comes from I don't know.  The guy
followed some duff instructions on how to install something I believe and
that is how it got messed up.

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