Compiz crash; launchpad update 404

Asked by Nick on 2016-11-27

I truly know nothing about Ubuntu, but I nonetheless have one and I've run into a serious issue. Compiz-core for my Ubuntu 12.04.01 Precise died with my most recent update and now Update Manager can't seem to function. I have an internet connection, I'm not an idiot contrary to what my update manager seems to think, but I get this message when trying to update:

W:Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/compiz/ppa/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/source/Sources 404 Not Found
, W:Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/compiz/ppa/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found
, E:Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

Using the indexes here I tried to manually install a new compiz repository, but that hasn't helped.

If anyone has any ideas or expertise, please advise; (I scarcely have a clue how to solve this issue, let alone where to begin).

Thanks!

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2016-12-01
Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #1

The compiz PPA does not have any software for Ubuntu precise (only for Ubuntu maverick and older). So this PPA has to be disabled as repository source.

What is the output of the commands (to be executed in a terminal window)

uname -a
lsb_release -crid
cat -n /etc/apt/sources.list
ls -ls /etc/apt/sources.list.d

http://ppa.launchpad.net/compiz/ppa/ubuntu/dists

The PPA doesn't support Precise and should be removed

michael (yellupcm-gmail) said : #3

Nick

I truly know nothing about Ubuntu -- This is your statement. If you do not know how to use Terminal, please check sites below.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uabfu_RJLyg

If you know how to do this, please ignore. Also Ubuntu 12.04 will be EOL (end of life) in April 2017. May consider upgrading to newer release. Check site below.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

Nick (dugnick3) said : #4

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl):

rain@rain-FK570AAR-ABA-a6628f:~$ uname -a
Linux rain-FK570AAR-ABA-a6628f 3.2.0-115-generic-pae #157-Ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 25 17:01:48 UTC 2016 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
rain@rain-FK570AAR-ABA-a6628f:~$ lsb_release -crid
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS
Release: 12.04
Codename: precise
rain@rain-FK570AAR-ABA-a6628f:~$ cat -n /etc/apt/sources.list
     1 # deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release i386 (20120817.3)]/ precise main restricted
     2
     3 # See http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes for how to upgrade to
     4 # newer versions of the distribution.
     5 deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted
     6 deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted
     7
     8 ## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
     9 ## distribution.
    10 deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted
    11 deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted
    12
    13 ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
    14 ## team. Also, please note that software in universe WILL NOT receive any
    15 ## review or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    16 deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise universe
    17 deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise universe
    18 deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates universe
    19 deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates universe
    20
    21 ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
    22 ## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
    23 ## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
    24 ## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
    25 ## security team.
    26 deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise multiverse
    27 deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise multiverse
    28 deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates multiverse
    29 deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates multiverse
    30
    31 ## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
    32 ## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
    33 ## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
    34 ## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
    35 ## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    36 deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    37 deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    38
    39 deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted
    40 deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted
    41 deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security universe
    42 deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security universe
    43 deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security multiverse
    44 deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security multiverse
    45
    46 ## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
    47 ## 'partner' repository.
    48 ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
    49 ## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
    50 # deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner
    51 # deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner
    52
    53 ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
    54 ## developers who want to ship their latest software.
    55 deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main
    56 deb-src http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main
rain@rain-FK570AAR-ABA-a6628f:~$ ls -ls /etc/apt/sources.list.d

Nick (dugnick3) said : #5

I've no idea why it's restricted me from anything, I'm the only user/admin on the system.

You aren't restricted if you are in the sudo group which your first user is. That's like saying you are restricted as the Administrator account in Windows if your Windows updates don't run. It's nonsense. Just because something is malfunctioning doesn't mean you are restricted.

What is the output of:

sudo apt-get update

Thanks

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #8

Please provide the output of the commands

ls -l /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
dpkg -l | grep compiz

Is there a specific reason that you tried using the https://launchpad.net/~compiz/+archive/ubuntu/ppa PPA? It is obsolete, with the last modification 7 years ago, and not containing any software for supported Ubuntu releases.

If you do not know much about Ubuntu, you better refrain from using PPAs but stick to the official repositories.

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