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LibreOffice-4-1 PPA for Ubuntu 12.04: The requested URL returned error: 404 [closed]

asked 2013-07-29 09:38:30 +0200

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updated 2015-08-27 13:23:51 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I would like to install LibreOffice 4.1 on Ubuntu 12.04. According to official PPA web page there is: libreoffice/ppa, so:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

When adding this repository there is WARNING that this PPA may also contains alpha, beta, release candidates etc non-stable releases, that I don't want to install on this production computer.

In above PPA warning and also on official PPA web page: there are other PPAs. To install LibreOffice 4.1 and ONLY install STABLE releases there should be installed from the following PPA: ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1. I added above PPA by:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1
or as I can see also works with full path:
sudo add-apt-repository
and GPG key is successfully imported.

But when I try to update repository list and install new version
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade
I get error:
Err precise/main Sources
  The requested URL returned error: 404
Err precise/main amd64 Packages
  The requested URL returned error: 404
Err precise/main i386 Packages
  The requested URL returned error: 404
Ign precise/main Translation-en_US
Ign precise/main Translation-en
W: Failed to fetch  The requested URL returned error: 404

W: Failed to fetch  The requested URL returned error: 404

W: Failed to fetch  The requested URL returned error: 404

E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

Is there something wrong with ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1 PPA?

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Closed for the following reason question is not relevant or outdated by Alex Kemp
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Temporaly solved the problem by adding ppa:libreoffice/ppa, installing software and remove repository after. So:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:libreoffice/ppa
L-user gravatar imageL-user ( 2013-07-29 10:04:19 +0200 )edit

I see instructions on how to install LibreOffice 4.1 on Ubuntu 12.04 on a LOT! of web sites, but can't really believe there are suggesting non-stable PPA. In the future this may lead to several problems by non-geek users.

L-user gravatar imageL-user ( 2013-07-29 10:05:48 +0200 )edit

The only thing stable and supported is to install the LibreOffice version from the official Ubuntu repositories. E.g. 3.5.x on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (precise), 4.0 on Ubuntu 13.04 (raring) or LibreOffice 13.10 (saucy). And just to make this perfectly clear: using the TDF builds (which are not even created on Ubuntu) is even more unsupported. See: and -- they explain this very explicitly.

bjoern-michaelsen gravatar imagebjoern-michaelsen ( 2013-08-06 00:39:12 +0200 )edit

I agree with you completely, THE only OFFICIAL stable release is from official Ubuntu repositories... but my humble question was entirely related to libreoffice/ppa vs. libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1 PPAs. I was just asking why the SAME package was published in libreoffice/ppa and not in libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1? Currently it is not a problem, but when 4.2 BETA is released users can get from stable (=lower letters) 4.1.X to completely unstable "4.2.x BETA".

L-user gravatar imageL-user ( 2013-08-06 07:46:27 +0200 )edit

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answered 2013-07-30 01:34:08 +0200

carnendil gravatar image

updated 2013-08-06 02:12:46 +0200

As of 2013-08-05, thanks to the efforts of Björn Michaelsen and Rico Tzschichholz, ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1 contains packages for Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 13.04 and Ubuntu 13.10.

This can be checked by deploying the list in section "Overview of published packages" (see the image below).

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Thanks I have checked and you are right. I got to say that I am little bit surprised of this "politics": - ppa:libreoffice/ppa (=UNSTABLE PPA) with Ubuntu 12.04 (=stable) (I agree with Ubuntu 13.10 = UNSTABLE) - ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1 (=STABLEe PPA) with Ubuntu 13.10 (=UNSTABLE)

L-user gravatar imageL-user ( 2013-07-30 07:01:12 +0200 )edit

No, it doesn't make very much sense to me, either.

carnendil gravatar imagecarnendil ( 2013-07-30 18:04:21 +0200 )edit

I'm sure you just have to give it some time until LO 4.1 for Ubuntu 12.04 will be put in ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1.

Björgvin gravatar imageBjörgvin ( 2013-07-31 16:55:05 +0200 )edit

The reason is that I (Bjoern Michaelsen) populate the ppa for the according series: LibreOffice 4.1 - Saucy, LibreOffice 4.0 - Raring, LibreOffice 3.5 Precise LTS. Rico Tzschichholz -- a very awesome Ubuntu community member -- does the backports to the earlier series (e.g. 4.1 on Raring). That said: All versions are in the ppa now.

bjoern-michaelsen gravatar imagebjoern-michaelsen ( 2013-08-06 00:33:13 +0200 )edit

Björn: Thank you for the clarification and, above all, for your hard work. Please forward our gratitude also to Rico Tzschichholz.

carnendil gravatar imagecarnendil ( 2013-08-06 02:07:46 +0200 )edit

In my humble opinion the problem asked by me on this thread is NOT a "backporting" problem, but publishing the SAME package to multiple PPAs.As stated in my original question, libreoffice/ppa is ALSO for beta, release candidates etc, but contrary ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1 only contains STABLE LibreOffice products. For example when 4.2 version of LibreOffice beta appears (which is way unstable) using libreoffice/ppa can bring troubles to non-geek users. But if they use 4-1 ppa it wouldn't.

L-user gravatar imageL-user ( 2013-08-06 07:36:21 +0200 )edit

Thanks a lot for adding package to libreofffice/libreoffice-4-1 ppa.

P.S. Just wondering is there some feature in this forum to mark question as answered?

L-user gravatar imageL-user ( 2013-08-06 08:47:40 +0200 )edit

When I try to update from ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1 on Ubuntu 13.04, I get option "Partially upgrade" and only some component of LO Base is offered could be updated (Java). The message is clear "Not all updates could be installed" ... I am using Software Updater, and PPA was added from Softare & Sources application.

Ljiljan gravatar imageLjiljan ( 2013-08-06 09:34:41 +0200 )edit

@L-user: there's a little check-mark to the top left of every answer, under the count of votes. Place the pointer above it and the instructions should appear. If you click on it, it will change color from gray to green to indicate the answer has been marked as "correct".

carnendil gravatar imagecarnendil ( 2013-08-06 17:42:37 +0200 )edit

@L-user: libreoffice/ppa is not for alphas or betas -- there is libreoffice/libreoffice-prereleases for that.

bjoern-michaelsen gravatar imagebjoern-michaelsen ( 2014-05-23 13:09:35 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-12-28 19:36:26 +0200

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Hi, sorry I am a basic Ubuntu 12.04 LTS user and totally new to this stuff. Hence, I am a little confused. I want to "replace" my preinstalled LO 3 with LO 4.1 but I want it to be stable and I don't want to update to unstable newer versions (but maybe to stable newer ones if possible automatically).

Is it correct to do it like this step by step: ( ) In terminal: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1

sudo apt-get update the update is not only an update for libreoffice 4.1 but for all available ubuntu programs? And it also just gets updates and will not get newer unstable LO versions correct?

Thank you so much. I'll have a long way ahead of me with the nice ubuntu thing. cheers

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This problem was fixed in couple of days. Adding 4.1 PPA repository will add only stable package and if update is available only stable will be updated. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1 sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade

L-user gravatar imageL-user ( 2013-12-29 15:15:53 +0200 )edit

Thanks a lot

okatcha gravatar imageokatcha ( 2013-12-29 19:38:35 +0200 )edit

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