Ubuntu – How to enable Disabled third party sources from command line after upgrade

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I've upgraded from 14.04 to 16.04. As per the upgrade instruction, third party sources were disabled. After the upgrade, I cannot find a possible way to enable those third party sources using command line instead of System Settings > Software & Updates > Other Software.

I need to do it on command line because changing it via Settings requires password of a Super Privileged user (idk if that's the exact term). I can do all of the sudo and sudo su stuffs in command line with my current login, even though I've upgraded to 16.04 using sudo do-release-upgrade (Weird right..!? idk why sysadmin set up that restriction in first place).

Also another possible solution I think of is to reinstall those packages again which will re-enable those sources I guess.

Best Answer

I manage my sources manually from cli using a regular text editor like vim or nano.

The main sources.list is located here:


and most third party sources are at:


you can simply use a text editor to edit and enable them (uncomment):

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sample-sources.list

there should be lines like:

# deb http://ppa-url.com/ubuntu trusty main

you should uncomment them (remove #):

deb http://ppa-url.com/ubuntu trusty main

then the save the edited file and run sudo apt update.

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