I am currently using Ubuntu 19.10 and trying to open 'additional drivers' results in the program crashing. When I start it from the terminal, I get the following traceback:

philip@philip-hp-pavilion:/usr/bin$ software-properties-gtk
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/software-properties-gtk", line 37, in 
    from softwareproperties.gtk.SoftwarePropertiesGtk import SoftwarePropertiesGtk
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/gtk/SoftwarePropertiesGtk.py", line 58, in 
    from softwareproperties.SoftwareProperties import SoftwareProperties
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/SoftwareProperties.py", line 64, in 
    from . import shortcuts
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/shortcuts.py", line 23, in 
    _DEF_CODENAME = aptsources.distro.get_distro().codename
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/aptsources/distro.py", line 596, in get_distro
    is_like = os_result.get('ID_LIKE', [])
AttributeError: 'list' object has no attribute 'get'

I sadly have no clue how it started (it did work a few days ago). I guess maybe something is using a wrong python, but have not used Linux for long enough to know how to fix the issue.

1 Answer 1


the solution was found for @DoubleSteakHouse

'Additional Drivers' stürzt ab › System einrichten und verwalten › Systemverwaltung, Installation, Aktualisierung

sorry german community His/Her system looses the softlink /etc/os-release to /usr/lib/os-release

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/os-release /etc/os-release 
  • Beat me. Thanks for linking the solution! Nov 21, 2019 at 16:46
  • Maybe Taomon Wil beat you. 😁
    – nobody
    Jan 3, 2020 at 21:03

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