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Install Software onto Old Ubuntu

I have an old Ubuntu 7.04 (feisty) machine running 24/7. It serves as my photo album. I really don't have much interest in upgrading it to the latest and greatest Ubuntu unless the machines dies and need a reload. Even then, the 300 mHz processor may not handle the latest version of Ubuntu. In fact, it's running the stripped down Kubuntu 7.04 right now.

Today, I wanted to install "ant" on it so I can build some Java stuff. When I executed "sudo apt-get install ant", I got a whole mess of error messages. I guess feisty is no longer being supported. The package installer reported that it could not find and download the following packages:

  1. libjaxp1.3-java_1.3.03-5_all.deb
  2. libxerces2-java_2.8.1-1ubuntu3_all.deb
  3. ant_1.6.5-6build1_all.deb

Whenever "apt-get" give you these error messages, you can always get around the problem by downloading the necessary packages yourself and install them. All I did to install ant on this ancient system was to find each of the three Debian packages online (by surrounding each package name in quotes on Google search engine), download each of the three packages, and install them in the same sequence that apt-get reported. To install a Debian package, use the following command:

sudo dpkg -i [package].deb

So to install ant_1.6.5-6build1_all.deb, for example, you would type the following command:

sudo dpkg -i ant_1.6.5-6build1_all.deb

It's that easy. After installing these three packages, ant ran on Ubuntu 7.04. And I'm now ready to build some software.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 07 Dec 2011 09:03:13 +0000

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