Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS Bionic Beaver Missing Entries in sources.list

by Christian Mohn · Read in about 2 min (368 words)

While setting up a new Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS Bionic Beaver VM (which I will be using for a couple of upcoming projects using Grafana and InfluxDB, as well as Pi-Hole), I ran into a small issue where the /etc/apt/sources.list was close to empty:

fsociety@test:~$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security main
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates main

That does seem a bit on the too scaled-down side, doesn’t it?

Turns out systems that are installed with the Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS Bionic Beaver live server installer does not have all the normal Ubuntu repositories added to it. In fact, Universe, Multiverse and Restricted repositories are missing.

I don’t know if this is a bug that will be fixed, or an intentional change, but it means that a lot of packages you might need are not available for installation after completing the Ubuntu OS setup. And that is simply no fun at all.

Either way, I’ve hacked together my own version (basically I’ve just copied it from older releases) of a full sources.list file, and made it available as a gist.

This can easily downloaded into your Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS Bionic Beaver system after a backup of the original one:

Backup the original /etc/apt/sources.list

fsociety@test:~$ sudo mv /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup

Download my updated /etc/apt/sources.list

fsociety@test:~$ cd /etc/apt/
fsociety@test:~$ sudo wget https://gist.githubusercontent.com/h0bbel/4b28ede18d65c3527b11b12fa36aa8d1/raw/a4ab1c13a92171822215143b1e3b3eb6add7a78d/sources.list

This should add your familiar repositories back, and enable installation of packages from the missing repositories, as well as the main repositories enabled by default. You can test it by running a simple apt-get update command:

sudo apt-get update
[sudo] password for fsociety:
Get:1 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security InRelease [83.2 kB]
Hit:2 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic InRelease
Get:3 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates InRelease [88.7 kB]
Get:4 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main amd64 Packages [398 kB]
Get:5 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main Translation-en [149 kB]
Get:6 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/restricted amd64 Packages [7024 B]
Get:7 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/restricted Translation-en [3076 B]
Get:8 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/universe amd64 Packages [559 kB]
Get:9 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/universe Translation-en [145 kB]
Get:10 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/multiverse amd64 Packages [5716 B]
Get:11 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/multiverse Translation-en [3176 B]
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And there you go, Universe, Multiverse and Restricted repositories are now available, in addition to default Main.

Happy days!