Ubuntu Raspberry won’t update!

Welcome to Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (GNU/Linux 5.4.0-1015-raspi aarch64)
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System information as of Wed Apr 1 17:56:49 UTC 2020
System load: 0.0 Temperature: 45.8 C
Usage of /: 6.4% of 28.96GB Processes: 130
Memory usage: 6% Users logged in: 0
Swap usage: 0% IPv4 address for eth0: 192.168.1.54
0 updates can be installed immediately.
0 of these updates are security updates.
Failed to connect to https://changelogs.ubuntu.com/meta-release-lts. Check your Internet connection or proxy settings
Last login: Wed Apr 1 17:56:14 2020 from 192.168.1.6
To run a command as administrator (user "root"), use "sudo
".
See "man sudo_root" for details.
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ ping ge.com
PING ge.com (204.74.99.100) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from crs.ultradns.net (204.74.99.100): icmp_seq=1 ttl=56 time=5.84 ms
64 bytes from crs.ultradns.net (204.74.99.100): icmp_seq=2 ttl=56 time=8.40 ms
^C
--- ge.com ping statistics ---
2 packets transmitted, 2 received, 0% packet loss, time 4006ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 4.237/7.358/11.213/2.369 ms
root@ubuntu:~# cat /dev/null > /var/lib/ubuntu-release-upgrader/release-upgrade-available
root@ubuntu:~# apt update
Hit:1 http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports focal InRelease
Get:2 http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports focal-updates InRelease [111 kB]
Get:3 http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports focal-backports InRelease [98.3 kB]
Get:4 http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports focal-security InRelease [107 kB]
Reading package lists… Done
E: Release file for http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/dists/focal/InRelease is not valid yet (invalid for another 21d 23h 34min 16s). Updates for this repository will not be applied.
E: Release file for http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/dists/focal-updates/InRelease is not valid yet (invalid for another 189d 22h 50min 49s). Updates for this repository will not be applied.
E: Release file for http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/dists/focal-backports/InRelease is not valid yet (invalid for another 189d 22h 51min 14s). Updates for this repository will not be applied.
E: Release file for http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/dists/focal-security/InRelease is not valid yet (invalid for another 189d 22h 50min 37s). Updates for this repository will not be applied.
root@ubuntu:~# date
Wed Apr 1 17:59:09 UTC 2020
root@ubuntu:~#

What’s going on here? Ubuntu claims it can’t update because it can’t connect to the Internet, but I can ping. A quick websearch tells me to clear out the “updates available” because of some issue I don’t care to research. Try it again! Nope! But throws a clue. Check the date! A-ha! Set the date. But wait, Raspberries don’t have RTC (realtime clock) batteries. I need ntp (network time protocol). I can install that with apt-get, but first, I gotta’ set the date. And before I set the date, I need to set the timezone!

Ubuntu Timezones

If you’re not sure of your timezone, you can list them with:

timedatectl list-timezones

I live on the East Coast of the US, so mine is America/New_York. Here’s the command:

timedatectl set-timezone America/New_York

Next, the date:

root@ubuntu:~# date
Wed Apr 1 17:59:09 UTC 2020
root@ubuntu:~# date 10081320
Thu Oct 8 13:13:20 EDT 2020
root@ubuntu:~# apt update
Reading package lists… Done
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock. It is held by process 3274 (apt-get)
N: Be aware that removing the lock file is not a solution and may break your system.
E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/

Automation!

Pretty cool. Once I set the date, Ubuntu took over figuring out what’s what by running apt update in the background! I’ll check in later.

Two Hours Later…

Look at what I get after log in:

51 updates can be installed immediately.
0 of these updates are security updates.
To see these additional updates run: apt list --upgradable
*** System restart required ***
Last login: Wed Apr 1 14:33:54 2020 from 192.168.1.10
ubuntu@ubu1:~$

All right! Let’s do this!

ubuntu@ubu1:~$
ubuntu@ubu1:~$ sudo su -
root@ubu1:~# apt-get upgrade
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Calculating upgrade… Done
The following packages have been kept back:
base-files sosreport ubuntu-server
The following packages will be upgraded:
alsa-ucm-conf apport bcache-tools bolt bsdutils cloud-init command-not-found
fdisk finalrd initramfs-tools initramfs-tools-bin initramfs-tools-core
language-selector-common libasound2 libasound2-data libblkid1 libc-bin libc6
libdns-export1109 libfdisk1 libisc-export1105 liblzma5 libmount1
libpam-modules libpam-modules-bin libpam-runtime libpam0g libsmartcols1
libuuid1 linux-firmware locales mdadm mount python3-apport
python3-commandnotfound python3-distupgrade python3-problem-report rsyslog
snapd sudo tmux ubuntu-minimal ubuntu-release-upgrader-core ubuntu-standard
unattended-upgrades util-linux uuid-runtime xz-utils zlib1g
49 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.
Need to get 137 MB of archives.
After this operation, 2241 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]

Answer “Y” and let ‘er rip!

Author: John

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