Unable to install RethinkDB on Ubuntu following the tutorial

February 3, 2017 2.7k views
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I am follwing the https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-configure-rethinkdb-on-an-ubuntu-12-04-vps tutorial but sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rethinkdb/ppa and sudo apt-get install rethinkdb constantly fail with an “Unable to locate package rethinkdb”. Don´t know what I am missing here since I followed it now severla times step by step. May be someone had the same experience and solved this. Any help appreciated

3 Answers


Once you’ve added the PPA using:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rethinkdb/ppa

You’ll need to run:

sudo apt-get update

So that the packages from the new repository are synced. You can then run:

apt-get install rethinkdb

Thank you, I tried this and it still gives me

E: Unable to locate package rethinkdb

same when I try

even when I try to build it, make gives me an

cc1plus: all warnings being treated as errors
src/build.mk:385: recipe for target 'build/release/obj/rdb_protocol/ql2.pb.o' failed
make[1]: *** [build/release/obj/rdb_protocol/ql2.pb.o] Error 1
Makefile:52: recipe for target 'make' failed
make: *** [make] Error 2

may be I did something wrong in general, sicne I am new to Ubuntu / Linux but I did follow all the setup tutorials step by step

Ubuntu 16.10 x64 by the way. May be the wrong version but rethinkDB (>= 12.04). iis mentioned.

Just found out that rethink is shutting down, so I won´t look further into this,

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