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The university where I study hosts an Ubuntu package mirror server, which I normally use to update my repository. However, right now, I am not in the university and update packages instead from the server from India or the main server. When I run sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade, apt-get asks to downgrade a large number of packages (1035 in total).


A related thing I noticed is that if I open synaptic, the 'latest' packages are all quite old, e.g

libunity-core-5.0-5: Installed version 5.20.0-0ubuntu2, Latest version 5.10.0-0ubuntu6.

Even the latest generic linux header and image are shown to be quite old (in fact, the one that comes during install) -version: What is the reason for this happening and how can I rectify it?

System information:

12.04 LTS, 64 bit machine. Kernel: 3.2.0-56-generic

Output of apt-cache policy cups-client :

    abhi@abhinav-HP:~$ apt-cache policy cups-client
      Installed: 1.5.3-0ubuntu8
      Candidate: 1.5.2-9ubuntu1
      Version table:
     *** 1.5.3-0ubuntu8 0
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
         1.5.2-9ubuntu1 0
           2012 precise/main amd64 Packages
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Here you are: – Abhinav Dec 11 '13 at 17:07
Done. Thanks for sparing your time in attempting an answer. – Abhinav Dec 11 '13 at 17:12
@Braiam, could you think of anything that is going wrong? – Abhinav Dec 11 '13 at 17:27
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I haven't seen your sources.list file, but I'm almost sure that you don't have the precise-updates and precise-security repositories activated. You should add the following two lines to your sources.list precise-updates main universe restricted multiverse precise-security main universe restricted multiverse

Update your lists with sudo apt-get update then upgrade as usual.

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Yes, that indeed was the problem. Silly me! I don't remember disabling it. Thanks! – Abhinav Dec 11 '13 at 17:49
I'm sorry, I can't yet vote up your answer because it needs 15 reputation. – Abhinav Dec 11 '13 at 17:50

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