Ubuntu: Unable to upgrade from Ubuntu 13.04 to Ubuntu 13.10


I am new to Ubuntu and I am loving it! I am using Ubuntu 13.04, and I want to upgrade to the latest Ubuntu 13.10, but I can't.

Here is what I am doing:

  1. Open Software Updater. It checks for the list of available updates/upgrades and comes up with the message:

    The Software on this computer is up to date. However, Ubuntu 13.10 is now available (you have 13.04).  
  2. It gives me a list of options: Settings Upgrade... OK

  3. I click on Upgrade. The authentication window comes up,and I give my password.

Now nothing happens.


I had to restart the software updater a few times to get it to work. Keep trying.

Also, I'm certain that, as a failsafe, you could simply download the 13.10 .iso from the Ubuntu site and perform a full installation. A full installation results more stable and faster system than an upgraded one.


I had the same problem, noticed in dmesg that 'saucy' had a seg fault. I switched my NVIDIA driver (from proprietary to nouveau) and then the installation started without issues.


Check that your update-manager settings are set to alert you for any new version of Ubuntu, not only LTS or some such.

From SaucyUpgrades:

Ubuntu Desktops 13.04 to 13.10 (Recommended)

You can easily upgrade over the network with the following procedure:

  1. Run the update-manager -d application from the Unity Dash or a command line

  2. In Update Manager, click the Settings... button, and enter your password to start the Software Sources application.

  3. Select the sub menu Updates from the Software Sources application.

  4. Confirm the "Notify me of a new Ubuntu version:" option is set to "For any new version", and change it if otherwise.

  5. Close the Software Sources application and return to Update Manager.

  6. In Update Manager, click the Check button to check for new updates.

  7. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.

  8. A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.

  9. Click Upgrade.

  10. Follow the on-screen instructions.


Try running do-release-upgrade in a terminal.

I guess this takes you through the same standard upgrading procedure, here is what the command's manual says [man do-release-upgrade]:


Upgrade the operating system to the latest release from the command-line. This is the preferred command if the machine has no graphic environment or if the machine is to be upgraded over a remote connection.

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