I've been trying to install gcc-4.4 (needed for compiling old software I use) on a new system that is running Ubuntu 16.04. The command uname -m gets an answer of aarch64 since the system has 64-bit ARM CPU cores. I only have access through ssh (no graphical desktop), but I am able to run commands using sudo (such as sudo apt-get install gcc-4.4).

Unfortunately, even looking at answers to similar questions in this forum and spending several hours surfing the web for ideas, I cannot manage to install gcc-4.4. I'm not a sys-admin or Linux expert, so please be gentle. I want to learn.


Here's the error message:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install gcc-4.4
[sudo] password for ubuntu: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package gcc-4.4 is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'gcc-4.4' has no installation candidate
  • Please what error are you getting when you run sudo apt-get install gcc – George Udosen Jan 27 '17 at 2:19
  • Have you run sudo apt-get update? – wjandrea Oct 25 '18 at 19:17

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