Change Sources.List , could it cause problems?

March 14, 2015 1.6k views
Configuration Management System Tools Server Optimization Ubuntu


I needed a newer version of fail2ban, the one in the DO sources is 8.1 and the latest version is 9.1.

Tried to install fail2ban 9.1 manually, but it has loads of dependencies not in the DO sources.

I added "deb vivid main universe" to the sources list and a lot of new stuff was installed....

And fail2ban is now working as it should. Don't know yet if I broke other things, but everything seems fine.

Now before I change sources templates etc, does changing the sources to other than de DO ones, cause any problems??


3 Answers

DigitalOcean's source lists are mirrors for faster downloads to droplets. If anything, add both Ubuntu's main and DigitalOcean's source list. Also, consider looking for mirrors of Ubuntu's source list close to your droplet. has a few for the United States.

Ok, can answer my own question.

I used a source of a total other version of UBUNTU, VIVID, instead of TRUSTY.

While it worked, for this particular problem, it will destroy a working TRUSTY if you keep using the VIVID updates. (Tried at my experiment box at home)

Anyways, my fail2ban works nicely catching the bad people at the gates of Apache, SMTP, roundcube and owncloud.

But my TRUSTY droplet has some aliens inside now :) hope it doesn't cause problems later on.

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