yakkety in http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu is broken

Bug #1751830 reported by LavaVPS on 2018-02-26
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu CD Images
William Grant

Bug Description

As all old distribution releases, yakkety was moved to http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu
and all other old distribution versions works OK except yakkety.

Simple test fails:

debootstrap --arch=amd64 --variant=minbase --no-check-gpg yakkety out/ubuntu-16.10-x64-mini http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu

And we see a lot of missing packages:

I: Validating mawk 1.3.3-17ubuntu2
I: Retrieving mount 2.28.2-1ubuntu1
W: Couldn't download package mount (ver 2.28.2-1ubuntu1 arch amd64)
I: Retrieving multiarch-support 2.24-3ubuntu1
I: Validating multiarch-support 2.24-3ubuntu1
I: Retrieving tar 1.29b-1
I: Validating tar 1.29b-1
I: Retrieving tzdata 2016g-1
W: Couldn't download package tzdata (ver 2016g-1 arch all)
I: Retrieving ubuntu-keyring 2016.09.19
W: Couldn't download package ubuntu-keyring (ver 2016.09.19 arch all)
I: Retrieving util-linux 2.28.2-1ubuntu1
W: Couldn't download package util-linux (ver 2.28.2-1ubuntu1 arch amd64)
I: Retrieving zlib1g 1:1.2.8.dfsg-2ubuntu5
W: Couldn't download package zlib1g (ver 1:1.2.8.dfsg-2ubuntu5 arch amd64)
E: Couldn't download packages: bsdutils libblkid1 libfdisk1 liblzma5 libmount1 libsmartcols1 libuuid1 mount tzdata ubuntu-keyring util-linux zlib1g

This is not expected.

Yes I know that yakkety is unsported, but all other unsuported distribution versions works flawless from old-realeases.ubuntu.com .

We using this as old image version for internal testing.

https://www.lavavps.lt/ Team

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Adam Conrad (adconrad) wrote :

This is a known issue, the removal of yakkety from archive.ubuntu.com was done somewhat overzealously early, leading to us needing to recover the bits from elsewhere, but it's in progress.

affects: ubuntu → ubuntu-cdimage
Changed in ubuntu-cdimage:
assignee: nobody → William Grant (wgrant)
status: New → In Progress
LavaVPS (lavavps) wrote :

We are very interested in this case to be solved

Are there any progress? Or this bug is dropped as related to non-supported Ubuntu version?

https://www.lavavps.lt/ Team

Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

This has already been fixed. The indicated bootstrap command succeeds today.

Changed in ubuntu-cdimage:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
LavaVPS (lavavps) wrote :


yes, can confirm, that this particular use case for old distribution yakkety is fixed.
But there are still missing packages. Do I need create new bug report or continue/reopen here?

William Grant (wgrant) wrote :

Which packages in particular appear missing?

LavaVPS (lavavps) wrote :


  apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

Missing 9 of 38 files.


Get:36 http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-updates/main amd64 openssh-sftp-server amd64 1:7.3p1-1ubuntu0.1 [39.7 kB]
Get:37 http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-updates/main amd64 openssh-server amd64 1:7.3p1-1ubuntu0.1 [341 kB]
Get:38 http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-updates/main amd64 openssh-client amd64 1:7.3p1-1ubuntu0.1 [594 kB]
Fetched 16.9 MB in 2s (6908 kB/s)
E: Failed to fetch http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/u/util-linux/bsdutils_2.28.2-1ubuntu1.2_amd64.deb 404 Not Found
E: Failed to fetch http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/u/util-linux/util-linux_2.28.2-1ubuntu1.2_amd64.deb 404 Not Found
E: Failed to fetch http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/u/util-linux/mount_2.28.2-1ubuntu1.2_amd64.deb 404 Not Found
E: Failed to fetch http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/z/zlib/zlib1g_1.2.8.dfsg-2ubuntu5.1_amd64.deb 404 Not Found
E: Failed to fetch http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/u/util-linux/libuuid1_2.28.2-1ubuntu1.2_amd64.deb 404 Not Found
E: Failed to fetch http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/u/util-linux/libblkid1_2.28.2-1ubuntu1.2_amd64.deb 404 Not Found
E: Failed to fetch http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/u/util-linux/libmount1_2.28.2-1ubuntu1.2_amd64.deb 404 Not Found
E: Failed to fetch http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/u/util-linux/libfdisk1_2.28.2-1ubuntu1.2_amd64.deb 404 Not Found
E: Failed to fetch http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/u/util-linux/libsmartcols1_2.28.2-1ubuntu1.2_amd64.deb 404 Not Found

I guess some other packages are missing. I can check whole yakkety and report all missing files.
Would that be helpful/needed?

Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

Looks like these are all yakkety-updates rather than yakkety-updates release, which may explain why they were missed.

LavaVPS (lavavps) wrote :

It makes OS unusable. And need to know if Ubuntu 16.10 (32/64 bit) is fully dropped and this case will not be solved.

Adam Conrad (adconrad) wrote :

> And need to know if Ubuntu 16.10 (32/64 bit) is fully dropped

Aside from the part where the mirror on old-releases is missing files and needs fixing (it is, and it is, and it will be), the fact that it is *on* old releases means it's end of life, which is how I would read "fully dropped". There's no support for yakkety, you really, really shouldn't be using it, except for some curious academic historical research purposes because you're writing a paper on what the world looked like back in 2016, and if you *are* using it for such a purpose, do be sure to use it behind a very strict firewall.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) wrote :

There seems to be an additional issue, reported as https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/669100

Some yakkety-related packages on old-releases.ubuntu.com seem to have wrong protection settings.

An attempt to download http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/u/util-linux/fdisk-udeb_2.28.2-1ubuntu1.2_amd64.udeb gives

You don't have permission to access /ubuntu/pool/main/u/util-linux/fdisk-udeb_2.28.2-1ubuntu1.2_amd64.udeb on this server.

LavaVPS (lavavps) on 2018-05-16
Changed in ubuntu-cdimage:
status: Fix Released → Confirmed
William Grant (wgrant) on 2018-05-17
Changed in ubuntu-cdimage:
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Noam Davida (noamda) wrote :

Guys please update, we are stuck with angry customers :-/

William Grant (wgrant) wrote :

This should now be completely fixed.

Note that old-releases is not officially supported -- and if you have customers complaining about it, your customers also probably have unfixed remote root exploits.

Changed in ubuntu-cdimage:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
LavaVPS (lavavps) wrote :

We have tested both 16.10 64bit and 16.10 32bit Yakkety and can confirm the problem is solved.

Thank you guys, great job!

Lava VPS Team

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