Debian: The repository does not have a Release file

  • Whenever trying to install some programs from source, or specifically running apt update, I receive this message:

    E: The repository 'http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian stretch/updates Release' does not have a Release file.
    N: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default.
    N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.
    

    I started getting this after adding the architecture i386. Without it, I would not be able to install the proprietary Nvidia driver, and Steam client would not start at all. This is what my /etc/apt/sources.list reads:

    deb http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ stretch main contrib non-free
    deb-src http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ stretch main contrib non-free
    
    deb http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ stretch/updates main contrib non-free
    deb-src http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ stretch/updates main contrib non-free
    
    ####stretch-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
    
    deb http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ stretch-updates main contrib non-free
    
    deb-src http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ stretch-updates main contrib non-free
    
  • You’ve got both stretch-updates and stretch/updates, but the latter doesn’t exist any more (at least on the mirror you’re using). You should remove the references to stretch/updates, or — if you’re expecting the stretch/updates lines to provide security updates — replace them with

    deb http://security.debian.org/ stretch/updates main contrib non-free
    

    i removed it, and it solved the issue, but its odd because in the Software & Sources program, stretch/release (with the slash) refers to the security updates of stretch.

    Right, but that’s from `https://security.debian.org`, not your local mirror. (And it’s `stretch/updates` , not `stretch/release`; see here for the `Release` file and the corresponding instructions.)

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