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    Angry "sudo apt-get install emacs" not working

    Hello,

    I am trying to install emacs on my ubuntu server (12.04, 64-bit ser) but am having major problems. (It seems that apt-get will not install anything). Here is what happens when I try to install emacs:

    sudo apt-get install emacs
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package emacs
    I tried emacs24, Emacs, Emacs24, emacs22, emacs23... nothing works.

    Before I go any further, here is my /etc/lsb-relase file:
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS"
    Reading forums and googling to fix the problem, I tried (and receive) this:
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

    The next thing to try was to do an update (I am on 12.04.2). And I get this:
    sudo apt-get update
    [sudo] password for friedman:
    Err http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security InRelease

    Err http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security Release.gpg
    Temporary failure resolving 'security.ubuntu.com'
    Err http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise InRelease

    Err http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates InRelease

    Err http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports InRelease

    Err http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise Release.gpg
    Temporary failure resolving 'us.archive.ubuntu.com'
    Err http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates Release.gpg
    Temporary failure resolving 'us.archive.ubuntu.com'
    Err http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports Release.gpg
    Temporary failure resolving 'us.archive.ubuntu.com'
    Reading package lists... Done
    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...cise/InRelease

    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...ates/InRelease

    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...orts/InRelease

    W: Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/di...rity/InRelease

    W: Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/di...ty/Release.gpg Temporary failure resolving 'security.ubuntu.com'

    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...se/Release.gpg Temporary failure resolving 'us.archive.ubuntu.com'

    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...es/Release.gpg Temporary failure resolving 'us.archive.ubuntu.com'

    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...ts/Release.gpg Temporary failure resolving 'us.archive.ubuntu.com'

    W: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.


    my sources.list file looks like this:
    # deb cdrom:[Ubuntu-Server 12.04.2 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20130214)]/ dists/precise/main/binary-i386/
    # deb cdrom:[Ubuntu-Server 12.04.2 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20130214)]/ dists/precise/restricted/binary-i386/
    # deb cdrom:[Ubuntu-Server 12.04.2 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20130214)]/ precise main restricted
    #deb cdrom:[Ubuntu-Server 12.04.2 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20130214)]/ dists/precise/main/binary-i386/
    #deb cdrom:[Ubuntu-Server 12.04.2 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20130214)]/ dists/precise/restricted/binary-i386/
    #deb cdrom:[Ubuntu-Server 12.04.2 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20130214)]/ precise main restricted

    # See http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes for how to upgrade to
    # newer versions of the distribution.
    deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted
    deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted

    ## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
    ## distribution.
    deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted
    deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted

    ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
    ## team. Also, please note that software in universe WILL NOT receive any
    ## review or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise universe
    deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise universe
    deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates universe
    deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates universe

    ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
    ## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
    ## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
    ## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
    ## security team.
    deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise multiverse
    deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise multiverse
    deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates multiverse
    deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates multiverse

    ## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
    ## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
    ## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
    ## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
    ## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-backports main restricted universe multiverse

    deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted
    deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted
    deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security universe
    deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security universe
    deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security multiverse
    deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security multiverse

    ## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
    ## 'partner' repository.
    ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
    ## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
    # deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner
    # deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner

    ## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Ubuntu's
    ## 'extras' repository.
    ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
    ## developers who want to ship their latest software.
    # deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main
    # deb-src http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main


    I just want to install emacs... and eventually other packages. Any help, suggestions, hints, ideas, etc... would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Frank

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    Re: "sudo apt-get install emacs" not working

    It might just be a temporary internet problem, which will resolve itself.

    Here are some more suggestions: http://askubuntu.com/questions/91543...esolving-error

    I'm using 12.04.3, and also use emacs.

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    choosing the right package name

    There are also several packages to choose from, but none named just "emacs" you have to choose "emacs24" or "emacs24-nox" for example. I choose the latter.

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    Re: "sudo apt-get install emacs" not working

    Here's a link to where you can search for specific packages available in each Ubuntu release: http://packages.ubuntu.com/.

    I'd agree that you were probably hitting some of the servers at a bad time. Today is release day for 13.10, and the primary U.S. servers are going to be hammered.

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    apt-p2p

    Now might be a good time to test the package "apt-p2p" to see if it can avoid some of the server congestion we'll see for the coming day or so.

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    Re: "sudo apt-get install emacs" not working

    In precise it's just emacs. I agree with others though the servers may be hard pressed with 13.10 out.

    http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise/emacs

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    Re: choosing the right package name

    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Noodén View Post
    There are also several packages to choose from, but none named just "emacs" you have to choose "emacs24" or "emacs24-nox" for example. I choose the latter.
    Actually "emacs" is a package. Its description in synaptic is:

    The GNU Emacs editor (metapackage)

    GNU Emacs is the extensible self-documenting text editor.
    This is a metapackage which will always depend on the latest Emacs
    release.
    http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?ke...ll&section=all

    There's also this PPA with possibly newer versions (but they might be less stable than the default version): https://launchpad.net/~cassou/+archive/emacs
    Last edited by Dave_L; October 17th, 2013 at 05:55 PM.

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    Re: choosing the right package name

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_L View Post
    Actually "emacs" is a package. Its description in synaptic is:
    It appears to be a version dependent naming system. In 13.10, there is no "emacs" but v23 and v24 to choose from.

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