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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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