Skip to main content

Debian "E: The value '...' is invalid for APT::Default-Release as such a release is not available in the sources"

Debian OpenLogo
Debian OpenLogo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Received this error as I've been playing around with Synaptic  (package manager) and adding some Linux Mint Debian, (LMDE) repo sources (They're stale so don't bother as it appears MINT isn't supporting it anymore).

In the middle of this I had changed from Jessie (testing) to unstable and being "unstable" had some problems logging into Gnome-Shell afterwards. Evidently I had broken packages - hell it was a mess, let's not mince words!

Somehow Synaptic had selected "Debian" as the default repo during this, and as I cleaned up my sources list, didn't notice this - there is no sources list called Debian.
So, next time launching Synaptic it complained about 'Debian' being invalid and hence the error message in this article title!

So, like any reasonable Linux user faced with problems, I Googled for a solution. Well, none of the solutions worked for me - probably because they weren't Debian and/or Synaptic specific.
To cut to the chase here is where Synaptic stores the default release setting: '/root/.synaptic/synaptic.conf'. Hope this helps someone else!

Guess the moral of this story is not to rely on a package manager and use 'apt-get' and/or 'aptitude' from the command line - which I usually do. What can I say, me likes to try new things once in awhile. lol

Enhanced by Zemanta

Popular posts from this blog

Christopher Hitchens: Answers Why He Preached Against the Theocracy Belief System

Brilliant! Mr. Hitchens just gave voice to what I sincerely believe, but couldn't verbalize.

I was raised in one of those Plymouth Brethren Christian homes, where belief in the End of Times, especially the book of Revelations in the Bible was preached daily. One can't be saved by good deeds, but by being a Born Again Christian for the coming Rapture and End of Times.


As far as I'm concerned, that belief system is no different than the WahabiMuslim belief system. They both can go to hell! Evil is right!


Related articlesJehovah's Witness agrees not to show son religious cartoons because of risk of 'emotional damage'Federal court allows Mississippi to let businesses and government employees cite religious beliefs to refuse service to LGBT peopleWithout the Christian Right, There'd Be No President Trump: What Do They Want in Exchange?That Time I Tried to Lose My Virginity to a Christian Who Liked to Get Off to the Bible4 Reasons the Christian Right's Claims…

EFF is Suing to Get List of Best Buy's Geek Squad Informants

A Best Buy Geek Squad Volkswagen New Beetle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I had previously covered this here in a post earlier this past January. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced that they are suing the FBI for the list of informants they used at Geek Squad.
The EFF also posted to their members blog the reasons why they wish to uncover these informants.

The reasoning from EFF's post:

"Sending your computer to Best Buy for repairs shouldn’t require you to surrender your Fourth Amendment rights. But that’s apparently what’s been happening when customers send their computers to a Geek Squad repair facility in Kentucky.

We think the FBI’s use of Best Buy Geek Squad employees to search people’s computers without a warrant threatens to circumvent people’s constitutional rights. That’s why we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today against the FBI seeking records about the extent to which it directs and trains Best Buy employees to conduct warr…

The Future of Lung Transplants

From the wonderful conference 'IdeaCity' comes this presentation from Dr Shaf Keshavjee and the great work he and his team perform at Toronto General Hospital. The world's first successful lung transplant was done here in the early 80s. Enjoy.

Related articlesAfter a double lung transplant - and dying on the operating table - a Gulf War veteran returns to running