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    Persistent problem with `apt-get update'

    Hi folks,

    I've had this problem for a few weeks now, and just didn't bother to sit down and figure out what was wrong. When I run
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    , I get the following errors at the end:
    W: Failed to fetch http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu/dist...se/Release.gpg Something wicked happened resolving 'linux.dropbox.com:http' (-5 - No address associated with hostname)

    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...se/Release.gpg Something wicked happened resolving 'us.archive.ubuntu.com:http' (-5 - No address associated with hostname)

    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...es/Release.gpg Something wicked happened resolving 'us.archive.ubuntu.com:http' (-5 - No address associated with hostname)

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubun-tor/pp...source/Sources 404 Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubun-tor/pp...amd64/Packages 404 Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubun-tor/pp...-i386/Packages 404 Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...ts/Release.gpg Something wicked happened resolving 'us.archive.ubuntu.com:http' (-5 - No address associated with hostname)

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
    I see this as two distinct problems:
    1. Something wrong with PPA
    2. A separate problem, of which the source is unclear. ie, the `something wicked' messages

    I tried solving the PPA problems based on the solutions posted here. However, neither
    Code:
    /etc/apt/sources.list
    nor any list in
    Code:
    /etc/apt/sources.list.d
    had an entry with anything other than `main' at the end of the line.

    I have had less success with problem 2 and would appreciate tips for solving both.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Persistent problem with `apt-get update'

    I can help solve one issue but not the other. For the PPA issue, the location it is looking for files doesn't exists. And from looking at it in the browser, the Precise folder (12.04) doesn't exists now. They do have Hard, Jaunty, Karmic, Lucid, Maverick, Natty, and Oneiric versions. So those version of Ubuntu should work fine. There could be a stability issue or something else so they took it down but there isn't much you can do (unless you downgrade) until they put back the files for Precise Ubuntu. Idk about your other issues but check you boot partition, sometimes that gets filled up and causes weird issues when trying to update stuff.
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    Re: Persistent problem with `apt-get update'

    This is probably a long shot, but have you attempted:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get clean
    and
    Code:
    sudo apt-get --fix-missing
    I could be way off, but it is worth a shot.

    Regards,
    - D4rk0wl

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    Re: Persistent problem with `apt-get update'

    Hi D4rk0wl and I8NY,

    Thank you for your tips. Problem 2 has mysteriously disappeared (I've been hunting for stuff posted on forums before and have tried so much stuff now that I'm not sure what fixed it). Problem 1 (with the PPA) still remains. I8NY, are you saying that there isn't any way to fix this current problem?

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    Re: Persistent problem with `apt-get update'

    Quote Originally Posted by kkrishnan View Post
    Hi D4rk0wl and I8NY,

    Thank you for your tips. Problem 2 has mysteriously disappeared (I've been hunting for stuff posted on forums before and have tried so much stuff now that I'm not sure what fixed it). Problem 1 (with the PPA) still remains. I8NY, are you saying that there isn't any way to fix this current problem?
    You have to disable/delete the repository in Software Sources as that PPA doesn't have a repository for the Precise Release.

    See Here

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    Re: Persistent problem with `apt-get update'

    Hi plucky,

    That seems to have fixed the issue. Thanks very much.

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