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I am not able to add or update any repositories on my PC. The following error encountered when I tried updating using sudo apt-get update

E: The repository 'http://ppa.launchpad.net/screenlets/ppa/ubuntu bionic Release' does not have a Release file.
N: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default.
N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.

This error mentions screenlets repository but I am getting the same error when I try to add any repository.I was getting the same error before adding screenlets repository.


The following are my specs fetched using neofetch:

OS: Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS x86_64 Kernel: 4.15.0-109-generic

Packages: 1701

Shell: bash 4.4.20

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 (2) @ 2.306GHz

GPU: Intel 4 Series Chipset

Memory: 1655MiB / 7848MiB

It is actually lubuntu 18.04

the question here is that not only I want to add repositories but also update the existing ones. Also, installing applications from snap is also not working but that could be a different thing altogether.

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  • Support for that PPA ended with 16.10, and the fact that it's had no maintenance since 2016 means to me, it should not have been added to a modern system. Did you perform any checks? as PPA's are 3rd party sources, and security checks are on you. launchpad.net/~screenlets/+archive/ubuntu/ppa – guiverc Jul 14 '20 at 3:33
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Screenlets does not provide version for Ubuntu 18.04, in fact it has not been updated since 16.10 (Yakkety).

Abandon screenlets

This will remove Screenlets ppa, effectively get rid of the problem altogether.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:screenlets/ppa
sudo apt update

Use old 16.04 source

If you wish to keep using screenlets, a quick workaround would be using the 16.04 (Xenial) source to install Screenlets.

sudo sed -i 's/bionic/xenial/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/screenlets-ubuntu-ppa-bionic.list
sudo apt update

There'll be no error produced, you can now install package provided from screenlets ppa.

Note that I have not tested this method because it's not something I want to (have to un-)do on my machine


As a side note, you may want to refer to this nice tutorial which explain in depth how to successfully install Screenlets on Ubuntu 18.04 (and 20.04 !).

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