I have tried to upgrade to 16.04 using do-release-upgrade but ended up with error An upgrade from 'vivid' to 'xenial' is not supported with this tool.

Google search result suggests to use do-release-upgrade -d but I am getting No new release found.

I have checked update-manager config is set to Prompt=normal

Any ideas how to get pass this barrier?


Direct upgrading from 15.04 to 16.04 is not a supported path. For Ubuntu the supported upgrades are from one release to the next release only. Also supported is upgrading between LTS releases. Skipping steps, is likely to result in a broken system.

Unfortunately this is going to make life difficult since 15.10 is EOL and support has also been dropped from the official archives. I don't believe you can easily make that intermediate upgrade using the standard release-upgrade tools.

You might be able to manually use the old-archive sources for 15.10. So using something like these

deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily main restricted
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily-updates main restricted
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily universe
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily-updates universe
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily-updates multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily-backports main restricted universe multiverse

Then you might be able to manually do an apt-get update ; apt-get dist-upgrade.

After that, you should be able to upgrade to 16.04.

  • This method works. – Aftershock May 3 '18 at 17:00
  • This method seemed to work but then linux stopped with an error message at start – Aftershock May 3 '18 at 18:54

start by editing /etc/apt/sources.list replacing vivid with xenial and then doing apt update and apt dist-upgrade. After that try do-release-upgrade again. Note that if your Ubuntu mirror does not have the required files any more, you can find another mirror which still has the old version available.

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