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OS Upgrade: Failed to check for upgrade status

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After recently upgrading to 21.04 from 20.10, I noticed the "OS Upgrade & Recovery" section of the Settings menu looking like this:

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I have restarted several times, but there doesn't appear to be a clear way to get more info about fixing this.

Anyone know where I would start, or even what's going on?

Thanks!
 
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MikhailT on this reddit post suggested running
Bash:
sudo pop-upgrade daemon
which seems to solve the issue, until I reboot.

How would I solve this properly?
 
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It sounds like your sources may be corrupted and need a manual tweak. Check this post and make sure your apt sources look like this. If you need more guidance just ask.

Edit: For this question disregard PPA info. Just check apt sources.
 

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Thanks @derpOmattic I can't really see any differences in this list. Not that I really know what I'm doing here, but this is the output of some things that I hope are relevant?

Bash:
ggstar@gaynors-pc:/etc/apt/sources.list.d$ cat pop-os-apps.sources
X-Repolib-Name: Pop_OS Apps
Enabled: yes
Types: deb
URIs: http://apt.pop-os.org/proprietary
Suites: hirsute
Components: main

ggstar@gaynors-pc:/etc/apt/sources.list.d$ cat system.sources
X-Repolib-Name: Pop_OS System Sources
Enabled: yes
Types: deb deb-src
URIs: http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/
Suites: hirsute hirsute-security hirsute-updates hirsute-backports
Components: main restricted universe multiverse
X-Repolib-Default-Mirror: http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/

ggstar@gaynors-pc:/etc/apt/sources.list.d$ cat pop-os-ppa.list 
## This file was generated by pop-upgrade
#
## X-Repolib-Name: Pop_OS PPA
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/system76/pop/ubuntu hirsute main
# deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/system76/pop/ubuntu hirsute main

ggstar@gaynors-pc:/etc/apt/sources.list.d$ ls -hl
total 40K
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  79 Jul 21 15:52 brave-browser-release.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  77 Jul 16 21:49 brave-browser-release.list.save
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  93 Jul 21 15:52 nordvpn.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 150 Jul 21 15:52 obsproject-ubuntu-obs-studio-hirsute.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 125 Jul 16 21:49 pop-os-apps.sources
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 132 Jul 16 21:49 pop-os-apps.sources.save
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 204 Jul 21 15:52 pop-os-ppa.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 291 Jul 16 22:16 system.sources
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 287 Jul 16 21:49 system.sources.save


Please note, that I didn't know about this directory before, but I've gone in and cleaned things up so that the now old .save's are no longer present, and the new items have the correct contents. (Took the educated guess that these save files were created when I upgraded.)
 

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Try running the commands to fix the package manager one at a time;

Code:
sudo apt clean
sudo apt update -m
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt install -f
sudo apt full-upgrade
sudo apt autoremove --purge
If that goes well update Flatapk;

Code:
flatpak update 
flatpak update --appstream 
flatpak repair --user 
sudo flatpak repair --system 
flatpak update 
flatpak uninstall --unused
Update initramfs.

sudo update-initramfs -u

Then reboot;

reboot

Do you still have the issue?
 

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So, I'm not sure if I have solved the problem properly or not... Please let me know if this is a bad thing to do!

I saw a post on a forum suggesting that I need to restart the pop-upgrade service. So I ran the following command:
Bash:
sudo systemctl start pop-upgrade
Which resulted in this:
Failed to start pop-upgrade.service: Unit pop-upgrade.service is masked.

I didn't really know what masking is, but I guess it's just a way of blocking things from working. I wonder if the upgrade process masked this? Looking at this ask ubuntu thread they suggested (and I ran) the following:
Bash:
systemctl unmask pop-upgrade.service
sudo systemctl start pop-upgrade

I have since rebooted, and it seems to still be working, but please let me know if this is something I shouldn't have done!

Thanks,
GG
 

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I'm not sure what lead to it being masked, but if it was, unmasking it is certainly the way to go. Systemctl has different use cases with start/stop, enable/disable and mask/unmask. Getting to know systemctl a little will help you immensely.
 
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