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We have a local ubuntu repo at our insti. Let us suppose that I have an 12.04 machine with the repo settings as follows:

deb http://<server-name>/ubuntu precise main restricted unverse multiverse
deb http://<server-name>/ubuntu precise-backports main restricted unverse multiverse
deb http://<server-name>/ubuntu precise-updates main restricted unverse multiverse
deb http://<server-name>/ubuntu precise-security main restricted unverse multiverse
deb http://<server-name>/ubuntu precise-proposed main restricted unverse multiverse
deb-src http://<server-name>/ubuntu precise main restricted unverse multiverse
deb-src http://<server-name>/ubuntu precise-backports main restricted unverse multiverse
deb-src http://<server-name>/ubuntu precise-updates main restricted unverse multiverse
deb-src http://<server-name>/ubuntu precise-security main restricted unverse multiverse
deb-src http://<server-name>/ubuntu precise-proposed main restricted unverse multiverse

Suppose, I were to change precise to quantal in this list, will my machine upgrade. Please tell me this as my 12.04 machine is not upgrading to 12.10. I have tried all hooks and crooks as given in the various ubuntu related forums. The normal upgrade method as mentioned on the ubuntu website fails in my case.

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Please see possible duplicate question: askubuntu.com/questions/202695/… –  Peachy Nov 6 '12 at 10:22
    
Thanks peachy. But the crux of the question was whether a distro upgrade was possible if I change precise to quantal. –  Indian Nov 6 '12 at 11:12
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Maybe you should have a look in the settings section, it has a drop down box that asked when you want to be notified about distro upgrades, set it to "for any new version" it might be set default to "for long-term support versions".

Hope this helps you.

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I have done all that. Did not work! –  Indian Nov 6 '12 at 11:07
    
try clicking on "check" after that? –  Reuben L. Nov 14 '12 at 7:54
    
Other than that I'm sure, I don't think that changing the names on that list will give you upgrades, i think it'll just look for software upgrades on a different repository which isn't what you want. It will think that you are already upgraded. But like i said, i may not be right on that one. Sorry i couldn't help you. –  ragebunny Nov 14 '12 at 10:57
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