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sudo apt-get install postgresql-9.5-postgis-2.5

returns a series of errors:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
postgresql-9.5-postgis-2.5 : 
  Depends: libgdal1i (>= 1.9.0) but it is not installable
  Depends: libjson-c2 (>= 0.11) but it is not installable
  Depends: liblwgeom-2.5-0 (>= 2.5.0~beta1) but it is not going to be installed
  Depends: libproj9 (>= 4.9.0) but it is not installable
  Depends: libsfcgal1 (>= 1.2.0) but it is not installable

E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

I had never encountered a not installable exception to date so I ma not sure of consequences of different possible actions... Attempting lower versions leads to the same result. How can PostGIS get safely installed then?

Update

An attempt was also made, making a fresh installation of a Ubuntu 18.04 VM [following these instructions][1]

The source of the error was in adding the repository to sources.list

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt xenial-pgdg main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'

which should be for 18.04

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt bionic-pgdg main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'

[to butter things up even more, and attempt was made with bioni-pgdg main leading to its own set of errors]!

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Ensure that the proper repository is added to the sources.list

sudo lsb_release -a 

ensure the codename is the same in the add repository command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt **Codename**-pgdg main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'

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