I'm on Ubuntu 16.04 GNOME, and for a few weeks, whenever I'm running the Software Updater, I'm getting the Not all updates can be installed error:

Partial upgrade

After going for the Partial Upgrade option, pending software updates itself (if any), else I get the The software on this computer is up to date message. Whereas the Continue option gives following message:

Broken software index

Running these commands:

sudo apt install -f
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt dist-upgrade

Aren't showing any problem, yet this message pops up every time. I even tried the Synaptic Package Manager and tried to fix broken packages, but nothing happened. How to fix this problem?

[EDIT] Here's the output of sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade:

Ign:1 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable InRelease    
Hit:2 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable Release
Hit:3 http://ppa.launchpad.net/numix/ppa/ubuntu xenial InRelease    
Get:4 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security InRelease 
Hit:6 http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease [102 kB]    
Hit:7 http://ppa.launchpad.net/papirus/papirus/ubuntu xenial 
Hit:8 http://ppa.launchpad.net/snwh/pulp/ubuntu xenial InRelease InRelease 
Hit:9 http://ppa.launchpad.net/tista/adapta/ubuntu xenial InRelease    
Hit:10 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease
Get:11 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates InRelease [102 kB]
Get:12 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports InRelease [102 kB]
Fetched 306 kB in 32s (9,375 B/s)
Reading package lists... Done
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

[EDIT] List of repos:

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  • Instead of apt, try apt-get, as in sudo apt-get install -f and sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade May 10, 2017 at 0:41
  • " I even tried the Synaptic Package Manager and tried to fix broken packages, but nothing happened. " Can you expand on what "nothing happened" means? Did Synaptic show broken packages? May 10, 2017 at 1:00
  • @CharlesGreen I tried the apt-get just now, still getting the problem. @OrganicMarble When I go to Edit -> Fix Broken Packages in Synaptic, the status bar shows Successfully fixed dependency problems message instantly.
    – Adnan
    May 10, 2017 at 19:16
  • When you use sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade, can you append the output of this command to your question? May 10, 2017 at 19:22
  • @CharlesGreen done. check the edited post.
    – Adnan
    May 10, 2017 at 19:45

2 Answers 2

  1. Try deactivating the unsupported updates in the Software & Updates window.
  2. Go to the tap, where you can see a list of repos. Look carefully on all checked repositories. Deactivate the repos you don't know and they seems weird to you like unofficial graphic driver repos
  • Already done that, the problem persists.
    – Adnan
    May 14, 2017 at 22:58
  • Maybe you forgot something. Can you paste your list of repos please. Note: I had the same problem like you and I have fixed it (see my answer)
    – user656696
    May 15, 2017 at 17:00
  • I hope we find a solution in order to provide help for users, who have the same problem
    – user656696
    May 15, 2017 at 17:01
  • Added list of repos. Check the question.
    – Adnan
    May 16, 2017 at 17:29
  • Do you know what do you have done before the problem has occurred?
    – user656696
    May 16, 2017 at 17:32

Software Updater initiated updates began causing those Partial Upgrade dialogs after I enabled the

Developer Options > Pre-release updates (artful-proposed) setting.

Those dialogs stopped after I unchecked Developer Options > Pre-released updates.

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