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Right now, I have Ubuntu 13.04, and using sudo-apt-get dist-upgrade does not get me the 13.10 update.

Whenever I sudo-apt-update or upgrade lately, I get:

0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

It has been for a couple of months (I'm not actually sure, but it has been a long time), and I want to fix this somehow.

Edit: from sudo cat /etc/apt/sources.list

Edit 2: from sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list to comment out the last two lines

Edit 3: I found out the problem on my own.

# deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.10 _Quantal Quetzal_ - Release amd64 (20121017.5)]/ quantal main restricted

# See for how to upgrade to
# newer versions of the distribution.
deb raring main multiverse restricted

## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
## distribution.
deb raring-updates main multiverse restricted

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team. Also, please note that software in universe WILL NOT receive any
## review or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
deb raring universe
deb raring-updates universe

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu 
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to 
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in 
## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
## security team.

## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
deb raring-backports main universe multiverse restricted

deb raring-security main multiverse restricted
deb raring-security universe

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
## 'partner' repository.
## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
deb raring partner
# deb-src quantal partner

## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
## developers who want to ship their latest software.
deb raring main
deb-src raring main
## deb debs all
## deb karmic main
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Please post the contents of your /etc/apt/sources.list. – terdon Mar 13 '14 at 18:39
If it says permission denied you are not the administrator. Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run sudo cat /etc/apt/sources.list. – terdon Mar 13 '14 at 22:24
Because that's not how Linux works, you have set up a normal user, who has the right to become the administrator by using sudo. It's a very different paradigm than Windows. – terdon Mar 14 '14 at 2:23
The last 2 lines should be removed or commented out. – Danatela Mar 14 '14 at 2:30
And so am I which is why I only posted a comment about the "being administrator" part :) The "admin" username on Linux is root by the way. – terdon Mar 14 '14 at 2:30

apt-get dist-upgrade does not perform a distribution upgrade to the next release as it sounds. From the man page :

dist-upgrade in addition to performing the function of upgrade,also intelligently handles changing dependencies with new versions of packages; apt-get has a "smart" conflict resolution >system, and it will attempt to upgrade the most important packages at the expense of less >important ones if necessary.

If you want to upgrade to the next available release of Ubuntu, you can do this by using the do-release-upgrade at the command line. This command will automatically generate the required /etc/apt/sources.list file for the next release.

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For some reason, /etc/apt/sources.list is saying, "Permission Denied." – Flair Mar 13 '14 at 20:44
And, for do-release-upgrade, it says, "Could not calculate the upgrade". – Flair Mar 14 '14 at 3:20
"Could not calculate the upgrade" may be a result of using external sources of packages you may have added. In your sources.list attached with your original question, I see that the two last lines are external sources, comment these two lines and see if the command can run. – Benoit Mar 14 '14 at 8:11
Don't forget to use sudo when you are manipulating the sources.list file, this should remove the "Permission Denied" errors. – Benoit Mar 14 '14 at 8:12
I commented the last two lines out, but it still "Could not calculate the upgrade". – Flair Mar 14 '14 at 23:44

Contrary to what it seems, sudo apt-get dist-upgrade does not upgrade to the new version if you do not changes the sources before.

The correct command is sudo update-manager or sudo update-manager -d.

More info in

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I face two problems. 1. It tells me I am upgrading to a beta release even though I am certain that 13.10 is finally stable. 2. It then tells me to stop installation, for the manager cannot calculate the software upgrade. – Flair Mar 13 '14 at 21:11
Try without the -d... – Rmano Mar 13 '14 at 21:15
That solved one of my problems. Yet, the manager still tells me that it still "cannot calculate the upgrade". – Flair Mar 13 '14 at 21:19

Open the software and updates application and tab to updates. Ensure you have option 'Notify me of a new ubuntu version' set to 'For any new version'. It may be that you have updates set to only download LTS versions, which is the default option.

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The LTS has never been on default for me. I think LTS updates are default if I download a LTS version. – Flair Mar 13 '14 at 20:39
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I have found the answer to my question. I ran the command of sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-* which means that there are other third-party software I did not remove for the upgrade of 13.04 to 13.10.


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