1. What is best practice when a PPA has not been updated for a new release of Ubuntu?

2. Is it possible to use the PPA from the previous Ubuntu version? If so, how?

Every time a new version of Ubuntu comes out I run into the issue that some of my PPA's have not been updated. For example, I just installed 18.04 which broke compatibility with Sublime Text 3 (which worked fine in 17.10). I am using Ansible to setup my repos on a clean install.

If I try to install Sublime using - ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3/ubuntu

I get an error that:

E:The repository http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/sublime-text-3/ubuntu bionic Release' does not have a Release file

(see also https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/ubuntu/sublime-text-3)

If I attempt to add the older 17.10 artful repo:

- ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3/ubuntu artful main

I get an error that:

W:Target Packages...is configured multiple times in /etc/apt/sources.list

Ansible code:

- name: install repositories
  become: true
  apt_repository: repo='{{ item }}'
    - deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic main restricted universe multiverse
    - deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu bionic partner
    - deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-updates main restricted universe multiverse
    - deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    - deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-security main restricted universe multiverse

    - ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3/ubuntu artful main

1 Answer 1


If a PPA was not updated in time for a new Ubuntu release you have several options:

Only if you are brave enough and confident you can manage errors and dependency issues you can try the following:

  • download and install a debian package for the previous release

Using a PPA designed for a previous release may lead to instabilities.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.