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uname -a: Linux ubuntu 3.5.0-23-generic #35-Ubuntu SMP Thu Jan 24 13:05:29 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux

root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# apt-get source binutils
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Ignore unavailable target release 'stable' of package 'binutils'
E: Unable to find a source package for 

I did apt-get update before typing the command. How can I get binutils? I am using Ubuntu 12.10.

I am following the instruction on

I am stuck at the first line.

I did sudo add-apt-repository ppa:germia/archive3 previously, however I got some errors then, I did sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:germia/archive3 to undo the setting. I wonder if my problem is related wtih this PPA?

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Are you trying to compile from source? The source package is actually named binutils-source - GNU assembler, linker and binary utilities (source) you can run apt-cache search binutils to find the package. – Terry Wang Feb 20 '13 at 10:45
If you just want to install it however sudo apt-get install binutils. If you want the source you need to enable the source repositories first. – Warren Hill Feb 20 '13 at 10:55
terry wang: yes I am trying to compile from the source file. apt-get install binutils-source outputs E: Ignore unavailable target release 'stable' of package 'binutils-source' – sven Feb 20 '13 at 11:01
I just ran in my home folder (not as root) apt-get source binutils on 12.04. Worked for me. If you are worried the ppa is the culprit, check ls /etc/apt/sources.list.d/germia*. If it's still there, remove it and run sudo apt-get update afterwards. Then try again. – phipsalabim Feb 20 '13 at 13:07
phipsalabim: thank you, I deleted the germia files, but after apt-get update, I get the same error. – sven Feb 20 '13 at 17:21
up vote 3 down vote accepted

I would try specifying the target directly.

on quantal (see here)

run as normal user

apt-get source binutils=
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I could not vote up because of my rank. thank you, it solved my problem and it is a good method to learn. – sven Feb 20 '13 at 17:19
no problem, glad it worked. don't worry about upvotes they're irrelevant. – phipsalabim Feb 20 '13 at 17:47

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