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When I boot the Ubuntu 12.04 desktop Live CD and run the command sudo apt-get update, the final messages are the warning messages below.

Reading package lists... Done
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/main i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_main_binary-i386_Packages)
W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)/ precise/restricted i386 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/Ubuntu%2012.04%20LTS%20%5fPrecise%20Pangolin%5f%20-%20Release%20amd64%20(20120425)_dists_precise_restricted_binary-i386_Packages)
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

However, there do not appear to be any duplicate sources in /etc/apt/sources.list

# /etc/apt/sources.list

deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)]/ dists/precise/main/binary-i386/
deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)]/ dists/precise/restricted/binary-i386/
deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)]/ precise main restricted
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security main restricted
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted


I also ran the command gksudo software-properties-gtk and noticed that there are two entries under the Other Software tab for Cdrom with Ubuntu 12.04 'Precise Pangolin'

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Removing these two entries in Other Software also eliminates the Duplicate sources.list entry warning messages from apt-get update (as well as other apt-get functions).

I do not understand why those two entries for Cdrom with Ubuntu are present in the Other Software tab. The CD is also already selected as a possible install source under the Ubuntu Software tab. That should be enough, shouldn't it?

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Is there an error in the Ubuntu 12.04 Live environment's default configuration of Software Sounces? Or am I doing something (else) wrong?

Is it OK to remove the Cdrom entries under Other Software to eliminate the W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom: message?


Update:

I forgot to look at /etc/apt/sources.list after removing the entries from the Other Software tab. After doing that its contents becomes:

# /etc/apt/sources.list

deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)]/ precise main restricted
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security main restricted
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted

I'm still confused as to what is going on here. Is
dists/precise/main/binary-i386/ and
dists/precise/restricted/binary-i386/ the same thing as
precise main restricted??

I didn't think so when I first looked at it, but then again removing those entries eliminates the Duplicate sources.list warning messages.

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What's happening is that the Precise AMD64 internet repositories also include the i386 repositories by default. I assume the reason is so that you can seamlessly install and run i386 programs after simply installing ia32-libs.

It looks like this is also true for the CDROM repos -- that's all there is to it.

Here's what an extremely simple one-line sources.list does on an AMD64 Precise system:

deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main restricted

  • sudo apt-get update output (note Get:5 and Get:6):

    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com precise InRelease
    Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise Release.gpg [198 B]
    Get:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise Release [49.6 kB]
    Get:3 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise/main amd64 Packages [1,273 kB]
    Get:4 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted amd64 Packages [8,452 B]                 
    Get:5 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise/main ***i386*** Packages [1,274 kB]                       
    Get:6 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted ***i386*** Packages [8,431 B]                  
    Get:7 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise/main TranslationIndex [3,706 B]                     
    Get:8 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted TranslationIndex [2,596 B]               
    Get:9 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise/main Translation-en [726 kB]                        
    Get:10 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted Translation-en [2,395 B]                     
    
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You see this, because it's a bug =) You shouldn't see it. Filed as https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/+bug/1015495 after discussing with cjwatson.

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