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

Colin Law clanlaw at gmail.com
Sun Aug 5 12:29:19 UTC 2018

On 5 August 2018 at 12:14, Gene Heskett <gheskett at shentel.net> wrote:

> On Sunday 05 August 2018 03:56:36 Colin Law wrote:
> > 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.
> >
> > Colin
> Well, TBT, I am used to debian now, and the typical sources.list is
> shorter.
> But I'll stand by my comments on gedit. We have, quite often after we
> have made a very basic .hal file to configure a cnc machine, but the
> fawncier stuffs we have to add by hand, and the 3rd time it took a 700
> LOC file and made 1700 lines of nonsensical trash that would not parse
> in the interpretor was the back breaker for me, it likes to pick up 30
> lines of random code that didn't start or end with a linefeed, and
> insert it midline at random earlier locations in the code, random
> numbers of times. Regenerating 700 LOC entirely from memory is painfull
> enough and it appeared I had better find a new editor, which in my case
> was geany. Which has so far behaved itself perfectly. If gedit hasn't
> bitten you yet, feel blessed.
I trust you submitted a bug report.

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