When trying to upgrade a Pop_OS machine with sudo pop-upgrade release upgrade I ran into the following error: Release upgrade status: release upgrade aborted: failed to downgrade packages
Fix release upgrade aborted: failed to downgrade packages
In order to fix the failed to downgrade packages error you’re going to have to upgrade manually by switching all the package sources to the newest version.
Update apt sources
Update all the apt sources manually by editing
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/ and switching the versioned sources from
jammy (or whatever version you are upgrading to.)
sudo sed -i 's/impish/jammy/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/system.sources /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pop-os-release.sources /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pop-os-apps.sources
You may also need to run the below command to migrate from old-release if you see the error in the below
sudo sed -i 's/old-releases/archive/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/system.sources /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pop-os-release.sources /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pop-os-apps.sources
Run the below commands to finish upgrading the OS.
sudo apt full-upgrade pop-upgrade recovery upgrade from-release pop-upgrade release upgrade
2 thoughts on “[✅Solved] release upgrade aborted: failed to downgrade packages”
You saved my POP OS installation. Thank you Chris!
I’m glad to hear my notes helped. Thanks for the feedback.