I am unable to install Uberwriter on Loki. I get the following when trying to run apt-get update after adding the uberwriter repo with sudo add-apt-repository:

W: The repository 'http://ppa.launchpad.net/w-vollprecht/ppa/ubuntu xenial Release' does not have a Release file.
N: Data from such a repository can't be authenticated and is therefore potentially dangerous to use.
N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.
E: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/w-vollprecht/ppa/ubuntu/dists/xenial/main/binary-amd64/Packages  404  Not Found
E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

Is there a way to override this? Another question here suggested commenting out the cdrom entry in sources.list but that makes no difference.


UberWriter does not support Ubuntu 16.04 (upon which elementary is based), thus the command to add the PPA fails.

You may however install it from source with the following:

  1. Install pre-requisite packages: sudo apt install build-essential

  2. Grab the code: bzr branch lp:uberwriter

  3. From inside the project directory, install UberWriter with sudo python setup.py install.

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