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

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 an…