RASPBIAN JESSIE: I recently did a full update and then upgrade of apt. So eventhing was up to date. I then decided I needed some advance s/w and hence uncommented this line in /etc/apt/sources.list to get a stretch repo.

#deb http://archive.raspbian.org/raspbian/ stretch main

I then ran: $ sudo apt-get update

I then decided I did not want the advanced s/w from this new source. So I commented the line again Re-ran the update command, I do not think it did anything, upgradable seems the same.

Below is the result of listing my upgradable, I am worried all these will upgrade when really everything is upgraded and I do not want anything additional.

I am currently on Jessie are all these upgrades Jessie?

upgradable list:

$ apt list --upgradable
Listing... Done
apt-transport-https/oldoldstable armhf [upgradable from:]
apt-utils/oldoldstable armhf [upgradable from:]
bind9-host/oldoldstable 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u18 armhf [upgradable from: 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u13]
ca-certificates/oldoldstable 20141019+deb8u4 all [upgradable from: 20141019+deb8u3]
cpio/oldoldstable 2.11+dfsg-4.1+deb8u2 armhf [upgradable from: 2.11+dfsg-4.1+deb8u1]
icedtea-7-jre-jamvm/oldoldstable 7u241-2.6.20-1~deb8u1+rpi1 armhf [upgradable from: 7u151-2.6.11-1~deb8u1+rpi1]
isc-dhcp-client/oldoldstable 4.3.1-6+deb8u4 armhf [upgradable from: 4.3.1-6+deb8u2]
isc-dhcp-common/oldoldstable 4.3.1-6+deb8u4 armhf [upgradable from: 4.3.1-6+deb8u2]
libbind9-90/oldoldstable 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u18 armhf [upgradable from: 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u13]
libdns100/oldoldstable 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u18 armhf [upgradable from: 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u13]
libglib2.0-data/oldoldstable 2.42.1-1+deb8u3 all [upgradable from: 2.42.1-1]
libio-socket-ssl-perl/oldoldstable 2.002-2+deb8u3 all [upgradable from: 2.002-2+deb8u2]
libisc95/oldoldstable 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u18 armhf [upgradable from: 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u13]
libisccc90/oldoldstable 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u18 armhf [upgradable from: 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u13]
libisccfg90/oldoldstable 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u18 armhf [upgradable from: 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u13]
libjs-jquery/oldoldstable 1.7.2+dfsg-3.2+deb8u7 all [upgradable from: 1.7.2+dfsg-3.2]
liblwres90/oldoldstable 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u18 armhf [upgradable from: 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u13]
libsasl2-modules/oldoldstable 2.1.26.dfsg1-13+deb8u2 armhf [upgradable from: 2.1.26.dfsg1-13+deb8u1]
mumble-server/oldoldstable 1.2.8-2+deb8u1 armhf [upgradable from: 1.2.8-2]
ncurses-term/oldoldstable 5.9+20140913-1+deb8u3 all [upgradable from: 5.9+20140913-1]
nfs-common/oldoldstable 1:1.2.8-9+deb8u1 armhf [upgradable from: 1:1.2.8-9]
nfs-kernel-server/oldoldstable 1:1.2.8-9+deb8u1 armhf [upgradable from: 1:1.2.8-9]
openjdk-7-jre-headless/oldoldstable 7u241-2.6.20-1~deb8u1+rpi1 armhf [upgradable from: 7u151-2.6.11-1~deb8u1+rpi1]
opensc/oldoldstable 0.16.0-3+deb8u2 armhf [upgradable from: 0.14.0-2]
opensc-pkcs11/oldoldstable 0.16.0-3+deb8u2 armhf [upgradable from: 0.14.0-2]
openssl/oldoldstable 1.0.1t-1+deb8u12 armhf [upgradable from: 1.0.1t-1+deb8u7]
patch/oldoldstable 2.7.5-1+deb8u3 armhf [upgradable from: 2.7.5-1]
python-apt/oldoldstable armhf [upgradable from:]
python-apt-common/oldoldstable all [upgradable from:]
python-libxml2/oldoldstable 2.9.1+dfsg1-5+deb8u8 armhf [upgradable from: 2.9.1+dfsg1-5+deb8u5]
python-openssl/oldoldstable 0.14-1 armhf [upgradable from: 0.13.1-2]
python-xdg/oldoldstable 0.25-4+deb8u1 all [upgradable from: 0.25-4]
python3-apt/oldoldstable armhf [upgradable from:]
rsync/oldoldstable 3.1.1-3+deb8u2 armhf [upgradable from: 3.1.1-3]
rsyslog/oldoldstable 8.4.2-1+deb8u3 armhf [upgradable from: 8.4.2-1+deb8u2]
sudo/oldoldstable 1.8.10p3-1+deb8u7 armhf [upgradable from: 1.8.10p3-1+deb8u4]
tzdata/oldoldstable 2019c-0+deb8u1 all [upgradable from: 2017b-0+deb8u1]
tzdata-java/oldoldstable 2019c-0+deb8u1 all [upgradable from: 2017b-0+deb8u1]
unifi/stable 5.12.35-12979-1 all [upgradable from: 5.6.22-10205]
unzip/oldoldstable 6.0-16+deb8u6 armhf [upgradable from: 6.0-16+deb8u3]
vim/oldoldstable 2:7.4.488-7+deb8u4 armhf [upgradable from: 2:7.4.488-7+deb8u3]
vim-common/oldoldstable 2:7.4.488-7+deb8u4 armhf [upgradable from: 2:7.4.488-7+deb8u3]
vim-runtime/oldoldstable 2:7.4.488-7+deb8u4 all [upgradable from: 2:7.4.488-7+deb8u3]
vim-tiny/oldoldstable 2:7.4.488-7+deb8u4 armhf [upgradable from: 2:7.4.488-7+deb8u3]
wget/oldoldstable 1.16-1+deb8u7 armhf [upgradable from: 1.16-1+deb8u4]
wpasupplicant/oldoldstable 2.3-1+deb8u9 armhf [upgradable from: 2.3-1+deb8u5]
xdg-utils/oldoldstable 1.1.0~rc1+git20111210-7.4+deb8u1 all [upgradable from: 1.1.0~rc1+git20111210-7.4]
  • 3
    You won't be able to undo that mess. Start again with a fresh SDCard and a copy of plain Raspbian Buster.
    – Dougie
    Feb 16, 2020 at 8:22
  • Doing what you describe should not have resulted in what you are seeing. It's likely you did more than you describe. I agree with @Dougie in that it's safest to start from scratch.
    – joan
    Feb 16, 2020 at 9:21
  • Please add more information. "What you have done?", "Result of apt update?" etc.
    – M. Rostami
    Feb 16, 2020 at 9:31
  • Can anyone explain the exact problem here?
    – M. Rostami
    Feb 16, 2020 at 9:33
  • 1
    These are probably the stretch packages(you could checkthe version numbers in the repos) and you should upgrade. Having an old system that is connected to the internet is never a good idea.
    – Dr_Bunsen
    Feb 18, 2020 at 13:04

2 Answers 2


You have added the Raspbian Stretch repository to /etc/apt/sources.list and then did an sudo apt-get update. This only gets the package lists and does not install or upgrade any software. Then you commented the Stretch repository in the sources.list and do an sudo apt-get update again. Because the Stretch repository isn't found the in the sources.list anymore, then only its package lists are deleted so you only have the package lists from the outdated Jessie repository as before. If you haven't done a sudo apt full-upgrade after the first apt-get update with the Stretch package lists then nothing is lost or mixed up. You should have only the Jessie repository package lists. This also indicates apt list --upgradable you have given. It shows that are several versions from oldoldstable (Jessie) are upgradable. There are many upgrades so it seems you do not have never done it before.

If you really want to upgrade Jessie because you haven't never done it in the past you should

  1. ensure that you only have the Jessie repositories addressed in /etc/apt/sources.list.
  2. take a backup from the SD Card (that is always a good idea)
  3. ensure that you can successful restore the backup
  4. do sudo apt update
  5. do sudo apt full-upgrade
  6. reboot

Good luck ;-)

  • What a fantastic Answer. You exactly understood my problem and gave me what I can see looks like the perfect advise. Thank you. Feb 20, 2020 at 2:43
  • Shame I got down voted for my question, some people in these stckxchngs have issues, and are more interested in scolding people than helping the greater community. Feb 20, 2020 at 2:45
  • @NZDev Don't worry about the down vote. It's only -2 reputations. I think it's only because of still using Jessie.
    – Ingo
    Feb 20, 2020 at 8:25
  • 1
    I hear you... but for someone new to the community it makes for a bad experience. and me still using Jessie is not a Bad Question, and it only just stopped being supported. It gives the person answering the question the chance to say "hey stop using Jessie", which is then good for the community. that was part of the reason for the question, ultimately I knew I needed to move forwards, but I did not want to in the wrong way. Feb 20, 2020 at 23:56

I would add this as a comment, but I can't due to 'reputation' limitations.

Any time you have these package levels, check to make sure you don't have conflicting/additional deb sources listed in any /etc/apt/sources.list.d/* files.

I find a "grep -R ^deb /etc/apt" can provide these additional insights.

If you find conflicts, you can comment/modify them as appropriate.

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