I tried to follow the PPA for the prebuilt binary:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:v-launchpad-jochen-sprickerhof-de/pcl
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libpcl-all

but I get a failure message like:

W: The repository 'http://ppa.launchpad.net/v-launchpad-jochen-sprickerhof-de/pcl/ubuntu xenial Release' does not have a Release file. N: Data from such a repository can't be authenticated and is therefore potentially dangerous to use. N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details. E: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/v-launchpad-jochen-sprickerhof-de/pcl/ubuntu/dists/xenial/main/binary-amd64/Packages 404 Not Found E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

Any idea what is wrong?

2 Answers 2


After looking at the first link in your error message, getting into the dists directory, it seems that this PPA does not support Xenial, as there is indeed no such directory.

This link however, provides a link to a pre-built DEB file you can download and install using dpkg (not recommended as it is just a Dropbox link and the file could contain malicious code) and also explains how to build it from source (recommended as it only installs trusted packages and downloads the code from the official GitHub repository, which can be considered a trusted source).

I have not tested it but as it looks like a standard compile procedure and as mentioned above, downloads the source code from an offical repository, you should be fine following the steps there, given you do not want to install the DEB file which would be perfectly fine, as I would not want to do it, too.


The PPA you have added does not contain packages for your release, so you need to remove it first:

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:v-launchpad-jochen-sprickerhof-de/pcl
sudo apt-get update

I have never used PCL, but it is packaged in official repositories (see its source pcl package).

The simplest method would be to install the metapackage

Point Cloud Library -- metapackage


sudo apt-get install libpcl1.7

and use it as you plan to use it :)

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