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Problems updating packages..

OneLove Posts: 1
edited October 2012 in System Management

Firstly hello to everyone,

I am in no way very skilled when it comes to the Linux system, but appreciate the system very much.

I have been having a problem for some time now, when I try to update on the packages screen.

All looks good first of all, system looks like its trying to update, as you can see the bar moving along, but then the problem begins.

A message comes back, which is as follows:

Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic-security/main/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic-security/restricted/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic-security/universe/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic/main/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic/restricted/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic/universe/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic/multiverse/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic-updates/main/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic-updates/restricted/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic-updates/universe/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic-security/multiverse/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic-updates/multiverse/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found [IP: ]

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

I therefore close this screen down, and come out of the updates page. Then along the task bar at the bottom of the screen, to the right (ish) hand side, it tells me that I'm upto date..

If anyone can help me with this issue, I would be truely grateful. I warn you now though, please keep any help to a basic level, as I am not the most computer knowledged.

Many thanks & One Love.


  • LegacyUser
    LegacyUser Posts: 0
    edited November 2012
    Hi One Love.

    First, I have to warn you, I don't know all things Linux. What I say may not even be right. The best I can do is tell you what I THINK is the problem. So I am truly sorry if my advice makes things worse, not better.

    From the hyper links, it looks like you're using Ubuntu Karmic Koala. Is that right? The reason you aren't getting your packages is probably because Ubuntu no longer supports your OS. (Heck, they killed off Lucid Lynx). So while Ubuntu probably knows that it has a record of once having packages for Karmic, it no longer carries them. i.e "Failed to Fetch 'cause we ain't got it." Then of course, Ubuntu thinks that since you visited the records for Karmic, you must obviously have your packages, right? So it says that you're good to go, but you're not. Unfortunately, from my diagnosis, the only thing you can do is update your OS to something more recent, such as Precise Pangolin.

    Hope this makes sense, and if not, feel free to demand better clarification. :)
  • mfillpot
    mfillpot Posts: 2,180
    Izzy responded correctly, you failed to performs the OS updates many times and the repo for your current version is no longer available, as you are behind multiple unsupported versions the version upgrades may not work. I highly recommend getting the installation disk for a more recent version, backing up your data and installing the new version.


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