I executed do-release-upgrade on desktop 18.04 and then realized that this command is for servers. But it started the upgrade process anyway without any prompt, rewrote configuration files and only stopped to tell me that it had disabled some sources and asked to press [Space] to continue. I hit Ctrl+C and aborted the process.

Now if I execute update-manager, my system is in this broken state:

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How can I revert it back to 18.04? I'd don't want to make this Partial Upgrade that looks like a recipe for a disaster.

UPDATE: I am running etckeeper on my system. I could inspect changes with git diff over /etc contents - you can inspect them here - https://pastebin.ubuntu.com/p/8MsjtGqBmf/ The only file that is affected is sources.list. But reverting it has no effect. Still the same window is there. I guess there may be changes to /usr or some other place.

There is What does `do-release-upgrade` really do? but I still do not see what more I can revert.

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    The do-release-upgrade command is for ALL deb-based Ubuntu systems (both server and desktop). While do-release-upgrade is running, your system is most vulnerable, and interrupting during the installs will often break your system quite horribly. There is no supported "System Restore" or "Rollback" feature - either keep going to 18.10 using sudo apt install --fix-missing or reinstall 18.04 using a LiveUSB. – user535733 Oct 24 '18 at 12:30
  • @user535733, Ubuntu could use git for /etc (etckeeper) and ostree to provide revertable upgrades. – anatoly techtonik Oct 24 '18 at 12:52
  • True, but seemingly not relevant to your situation. If you set up any of those beforehand, then please edit your question. Folks have suggested "System Restore"-like functionality for years, but volunteers actually working to implement and support has been lacking. Ubuntu has no Product Key to preserve, so most folks find a simple reinstall to be fairly fast-and-easy. – user535733 Oct 24 '18 at 13:00

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