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Upgrade from Ubuntu 16.10 (yakkety) to 17.10 (artful)

Sometimes old computers are not updated quickly enough, or just kept running ...

root@system ~ # lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 16.10
Release:        16.10
Codename:       yakkety

And so it happens that the support for Ubuntu 16.10 (codename: yakkety) came to an end, and the packages were removed from the regular Ubuntu servers. Trying to run an upgrade (do-release-upgrade) ended in the following message:


Reading cache

Checking package manager

Can not upgrade 

An upgrade from 'yakkety' to 'artful' is not supported with this tool.


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Outdated and dispensable initrd images in /boot

Sometimes update-initramfs leaves old initrd images around in /boot, even when the kernel package is deinstalled. Deleting the file does not help, the next run of update-initramfs will recreate the file.

The solution is simple: all kernels which need to be rebuild are in /var/lib/initramfs-tools/ - just delete the old ones, and the images in /boot, and they will not be recreated.