Distribution upgrade to Hardy Heron

Bug #224486 reported by Runaway1956 on 2008-04-30
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

Failed to fetch http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/dists/hardy/Release Unable to find expected entry commercial/binary-i386/Packages in Meta-index file (malformed Release file?)

LSB Version: core-2.0-noarch:core-3.0-noarch:core-3.1-noarch:core-2.0-ia32:core-3.0-ia32:core-3.1-ia32:cxx-2.0-noarch:cxx-3.0-noarch:cxx-3.1-noarch:cxx-2.0-ia32:cxx-3.0-ia32:cxx-3.1-ia32:graphics-2.0-noarch:graphics-3.0-noarch:graphics-3.1-noarch:graphics-2.0-ia32:graphics-3.0-ia32:graphics-3.1-ia32:desktop-3.1-noarch:desktop-3.1-ia32
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 7.10
Release: 7.10
Codename: gutsy

I expected a smooth upgrade of Kubuntu Gutsy to the newly released Kubuntu Hardy.

Instead, I got this error messaage

Thanks for reporting this bug. This sounds like a problem with a file on the servers. This type of problem often resolves itself after the server gets updated. The best solution is often to try again later or in another day or two. If this problem persists for a few days let us know and please attach the files from /var/log/dist-upgrade for the failed upgrade. Please also let us know if you are able to upgrade successfully so that we can close this report

Changed in update-manager:
status: New → Incomplete

OK, I attempted to do an alternate upgrade method, from a different how-to


I ended with the same error, regarding the commercial/binary-i386/Packages

Attached, find the console output during the upgrade attempt.

It would seem that the update manager needs a switch, telling it to ignore
commercial software. I do not have any commercial software installed, so it
should b esafe to ignore.

I'll wait a couple more days, as you suggested. If that fails, I'll
probably upgrade by way of the downloaded CD. This will be my first upgrade
of a Debian system - it's quite different from OpenSuse, lol.

Thanks for your time,


On Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 12:45 AM, Richard Birnie <email address hidden>

> Thanks for reporting this bug. This sounds like a problem with a file on
> the servers. This type of problem often resolves itself after the server
> gets updated. The best solution is often to try again later or in
> another day or two. If this problem persists for a few days let us know
> and please attach the files from /var/log/dist-upgrade for the failed
> upgrade. Please also let us know if you are able to upgrade successfully
> so that we can close this report
> ** Changed in: update-manager (Ubuntu)
> Status: New => Incomplete
> ** Tags added: gutsy2hardy
> --
> Distribution upgrade to Hardy Heron
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/224486
> You received this bug notification because you are a direct subscriber
> of the bug.

Runaway1956 (runaway1956) wrote :

This is almost definitely a problem with the update archive. Admittedly, this is my first ever distro upgrade of a Debian system. I searched for a "how-to", and followed it carefully.


The output from the console window is attached. The pertinent passage is:

Error during update

A problem occurred during the update. This is usually some sort of
network problem, please check your network connection and retry.

Failed to fetch
http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/dists/hardy/Release Unable to
find expected entry commercial/binary-i386/Packages in Meta-index
file (malformed Release file?)

I suspect that there may be a switch available, to tell update-manager to ignore the commercial software. Since I do not have any commercial software installed, it would be safe to do so.

I shall follow the previous advice, and wait a couple more days for the archive to update itself.

I think you're probably right about the archive. Looking through your console output you've done nothing obviously wrong. The only thing that comes to mind is that the guide you linked to is for upgrading from 6.06 rather than 7.10 and it uses the server upgrade method rather than desktop for Ubuntu rather than Kubuntu. As far as I know this should still work. For completeness sake it might be worth trying the instructions from the official upgrade guide which are here https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HardyUpgrades/Kubuntu.

Let us know how it turns out

Jean-Baptiste Lallement (jibel) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. We are closing this report because you reported this bug a while ago and there is no recent duplicate nor user mentioning having the issue on Intrepid. If this is still an issue, don't hesitate to reopen the report. Thanks again!

Changed in update-manager:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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