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    Error messages no matter what I'm trying to install

    Hi everyone,

    I have been trying to install a few programs through the Software Center, but no matter what I choose to install (even what seems to be the most common and well-liked programs), I get the following two messages, one after the other:

    1. Failed to Download Package Files - Check your internet connection

    Which isn't true, as I have an active internet connection...

    and, then

    2. Requires installation of untrusted packages - the action would require the installation of packages from not authenticated sources

    Which makes no sense to me, because, again, it doesn't matter what I'm trying to install, I keep getting the same message.

    Anybody know how I should go about fixing this?

    Thanks in advance,
    Rhonda

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    Re: Error messages no matter what I'm trying to install

    Hello & welcome to the forums,

    Please could you open a terminal window and type:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Are any errors reported? If not, please try the Software Center again.
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    Re: Error messages no matter what I'm trying to install

    I did get error messages, unfortunately...

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    Re: Error messages no matter what I'm trying to install

    Hi

    We need to see the error messages from the command posted above by lechien73.

    Copy and paste then from the terminal into your next post.

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    Re: Error messages no matter what I'm trying to install

    So sorry! Here you go:

    Code:
    W: GPG error: http://us.archive.ubuntu.com oneiric Release: The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG 40976EAF437D05B5 Ubuntu Archive Automatic Signing Key <ftpmaster@ubuntu.com>
    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/intrepid-backports/main/source/Sources  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.184 80]
    
    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/intrepid-backports/restricted/source/Sources  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.184 80]
    
    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/intrepid-backports/universe/source/Sources  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.184 80]
    
    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/intrepid-backports/multiverse/source/Sources  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.184 80]
    
    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/intrepid-backports/main/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.184 80]
    
    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/intrepid-backports/restricted/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.184 80]
    
    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/intrepid-backports/universe/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.184 80]
    
    W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/intrepid-backports/multiverse/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.184 80]
    
    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
    Thanks again. I'm just a lowly end user, so I have no idea what's wrong. But I am so grateful to you for your help.

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    Re: Error messages no matter what I'm trying to install

    It's not your internet connection.

    Did someone else set this machine up for you?

    Your sources.list has references to repos from an old version that is long past its end of life. Those don't exist where they are being looked for.

    Oneiric shouldn't be looking for them, I wouldn't think.
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    Re: Error messages no matter what I'm trying to install

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    Oneiric shouldn't be looking for them, I wouldn't think.
    No, I wouldn't think so, either.
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    Re: Error messages no matter what I'm trying to install

    rcmfo --

    Audiomick and I are not talking around you or the problem, just wondering how you got to this state.
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    Re: Error messages no matter what I'm trying to install

    Yes. I don't really know with any certainty what to do, either.

    I think you could try and edit thos sources out of your sources list.

    If you do
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
    you will be asked for a password, and then the text editor will open with a file that has your sources listed.

    Bear in mind that you are now working with root priviliges on a file that is pretty important.

    What I would try is to go through and put a # at the start of any line that has "intrepid-backports" in it.

    The # will comment out the line, i.e. it will be ignored.

    Try updating or installing again. If this doesn't make any difference, you can go back and remove the # easily, and you are back where you started.
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    Re: Error messages no matter what I'm trying to install

    Hi

    The intrepid repos references definitely need to go.

    This is one way to do it.

    First make a back copy of your sources file.

    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list{,.bk}
    Then will delete the lines.

    Code:
    sudo sed -i '/intrepid/d' /etc/apt/sources.list
    Then update

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Kind regards
    Last edited by matt_symes; March 1st, 2012 at 08:00 PM. Reason: added the sed switch
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