Please update to a newer version

Asked by Florian Bauer on 2020-05-02

Hey there,

Prometheus becomes better and better. Unfortunately, your outdated version of this software in the repository would not work with some of our applications which will require the features of a newer version.
Please update the package to a newer version.

Thanks for your work and understanding

Florian Bauer

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I suggest you report a bug. Ubuntu is not a rolling release distribution and packages can be left in favour of developing ones with issues.

If the bug and security fixes are significant or the version in the repositories is no longer supported then the package may be updated sooner rather than later. You may also find a PPA here on to upgrade with but this obviously comes with the usual caveats of a PPA.

Florian Bauer (fsrv) said : #2

Thanks for your answer. Yes, Ubuntu is not a rolling release distribution. But even Debian has a newer version of prometheus. Is it possible to upgrade the package of the bionic release (2.10.x) up to 2.7.x (equal to disco release)? I think, that should solve our problem. I also think, that using PPAs is the last option for us, especially in a LTS version.

Is it possible to install the version of a newer Ubuntu release via apt (with a custom apt setting or so)?

You can use dpkg in command line but installing a package from a newer version of Ubuntu isn't recommended. You will also need to satisfy deps of the package, the deps of the deps and so forth.

If there is a newer version of the package in a newer version of Ubuntu then just upgrade to that version and you will have fewer issues as well as a supportable OS.

Florian Bauer (fsrv) said : #4

I thought LTS means 'long term support'... In my opinion this not means that there is no new release for a package after a half year.
Unfortunately it is not an option for us to go away from an LTS version for only one package.

There will be new releases if the version in the repositories is no longer supported or a significant issue is found. LTS just means the release is supported for 5 years. Packages will be provided for this time as well as support from Canonical and the Ubuntu community.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #6

Manfred Hampl suggests this article as an answer to your question:
FAQ #3037: “no rolling release”.

Best Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #7

In the FAQ you find links to documents that describe the process to request an update.

Florian Bauer (fsrv) said : #8

Thanks Manfred Hampl, that solved my question.