gedit output re Entry 60 error, software updater failure, &c.

Colin Law clanlaw at
Sun Aug 5 08:00:15 UTC 2018

On 5 August 2018 at 00:20, djlafond via ubuntu-users <
ubuntu-users at> wrote:

> Hi Colin,
> Thank you again for your patience & for taking the time to pour over this.
> i've just done the edit your recommend, run clean & update & it's all good.
> The scary error icon, the red circle with the horizontal white bar
> disappeared before the terminal was done running the updates. The last line
> showing in the update run is
> Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu10) . . .
> then the command prompt comes up. i assume it's complete but the ellipsis
> at the end of that last line just left me a teeny bit unsure. i exited
> terminal mode since the error icon is gone & the update seemed to run fine
> & all seems good.
> i take your point about breaking the thread, i'm sorry about that. i was
> thinking i was further focusing it but didn't think of the fact that it
> inherently broke the thread. In future i will subscribe to the message in
> situations like this so that doesn't happen. Believe it or not, i feel like
> i've learned a lot in this process. So as i said, i'm really grateful for
> your kind help. You're obviously a decent soul.

That is the normal result for upgrading, the ellipses mean it is doing it
and the fact that it returned to the prompt without an error means all is

This guy's tutorials are usually very good, though I have not used this
particular one.  I think it is free to use online, but if you find it
useful you may feel morally obliged to pay and get the additional resources.


> Thank you.
> best,
> david
> One last question: is there a book you can recommend that would be a good
> primer on this sort of basic problem-solving, maintenance & terminal
> command stuff?  i'm definitely not a tech but i do to a degree get, just
> don't have a broad knowledge base though i've been using ubuntu since
> version 11 i think. i've been overall very happy with it & don't miss
> WIndows at all.
> Sent from ProtonMail <>, encrypted email based in
> Switzerland.
> ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
> On August 4, 2018 4:59 PM, Colin Law <clanlaw at> wrote:
> On 4 August 2018 at 21:33, djlafond via ubuntu-users <
> ubuntu-users at> wrote:
>> deb xenial partner
>> deb-src xenial partner
>> deb xenial-backports multiverse
>> main restricted universe
>> deb partner
> That line is wrong, as it is missing the reference to xenial.
> Are you still getting the digest and changing the subject, you keep
> breaking the thread so now I can't easily go back and see how you might
> have got into this situation, it is much better if you subscribe to
> individual messages, then you can just use Reply. In fact I don't believe
> you need that line anyway as the partner repository is already specified in
> the lines before.  I think the easiest way to sort it is, in a terminal, to
> run
> sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
> which will bring up a simple terminal editor.  Don't try and use the
> mouse, just the keyboard.
> Scroll down till you get to the start of the line above (the one with the
> missing 'xenial' then hold down the delete key to delete that line and the
> three after it (which all start with # so are just comments anyway).  Then
> type Ctrl+O (hold down the Ctrl key and press O) to save the file, it will
> prompt you with the file name, just hit enter, then Ctrl+X to exit the
> editor.  Then run
> sudo apt-get update
> which should now run through without error, and if it does then
> sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
> which will upgrade everything to the latest 16.04 versions.
> Colin
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