I've been trying to get vim with the breakindent patch applied, but it's only available through Quantal, and I'm running Raring. Is there a way to force-install a PPA from a previous release? I tried manually downloading all the packages and running sudo dpkg -i but I get lots of errors about dependencies, some of which don't look like they can be resolved. Am I stuck with having to compile vim myself?

  • How did you add the PPA, with add-apt-repository? Or have you not added it yet?
    – Thomas Ward
    May 9, 2013 at 19:51
  • Adding the PPA works, but since its Raring area is empty, apt-get returns W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/eudoxos/vim-breakindent/ubuntu/dists/raring/main/binary-amd64/Packages 404 Not Found W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/eudoxos/vim-breakindent/ubuntu/dists/raring/main/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead. Furthermore, adding an empty repo like that breaks apt-get upgrade, so I have to go in and manually remove the PPA entries from my sources list.
    – Jonathan
    May 9, 2013 at 19:56

3 Answers 3


You should choose Modify in Software & Updates > Other software from raring to quantal distribution.

other software

  • Awesome. That seems to have worked. But then how do I install a version of a package older than the one currently installed?
    – Jonathan
    May 9, 2013 at 20:04
  • @Jon I think it will work with sudo apt-get remove --purge [package] and again sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install [package] May 9, 2013 at 20:08
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    It still seems to install the newer version from the official repos, instead of the older version from the PPA.
    – Jonathan
    May 9, 2013 at 20:14
  • If you want to install an old version, you should read this: How to downgrade packages on Ubuntu? May 9, 2013 at 20:40
  • For some reason, it's not recognizing anything from the quantal repo. Browsing by source in synaptic shows nothing from this PPA.
    – Jonathan
    May 11, 2013 at 18:36

After you add the repository, you can try to change the distribution manually:

$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/eudoxos-vim-breakindent-<version>.list 
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/eudoxos/vim-breakindent/ubuntu <version> main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/eudoxos/vim-breakindent/ubuntu <version> main

So just replace <version> on those entries with quantal, and do sudo apt-get update. It is not guaranteed it will work, but if it doesn't you can revert the canges or remove the PPA.


To avoid manual change of the sources list you can use the following command to add the repository for a specific Ubuntu version:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/eudoxos/vim-breakindent/ubuntu <needed_version_here> main"

To remove the added repo:

sudo add-apt-repository -r "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/eudoxos/vim-breakindent/ubuntu <needed_version_here> main"

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