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Re: [Launchpad-users] If you get "Failed to fetch" errors for PPAs ...

Finally can be this done automatic from Synaptic. ?

A small script can parse and check source.list(s) for every Synaptic /
Software Cener reload - this will eliminate a lot of troubles
especially for new users who think Ubuntu has bug / defects ;). Also
that script can eliminate duplicates silently.

Sorry I'm not a C, C++, Python programmer so we have to wait for a
people with a great heart ;).

2011/2/12, Julian Edwards <julian.edwards@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> Hello,
> Error when updating your PPA apt indexes: here's how to fix it
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> You may start getting "Failed to fetch" error messages when updating
> your software sources (e.g. through "apt-get update" or "Reload package
> information" in Synaptic), which may be due to a bug we've just cleaned
> up in Launchpad's PPAs.
> The error looks like this:
>   W: Failed to fetch
> daily/ppa/ubuntu/dists/maverick/Release
>   Unable to find expected entry  restricted/binary-i386/Packages in
>   Meta-index file (malformed Release file?)
>   E: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old
>   ones used instead.
> Fixing the cause of the error
> -----------------------------
> Here's how to fix it. In your terminal, type:
>  sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
> In the editor, look for PPA sources -- these are URLs that feature the
> domain.  In this example, someone has set up the
> ~ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates PPA incorrectly:
>  deb maverick main
>  deb maverick
> restricted
>  deb maverick
> universe
>  deb maverick
> multiverse
> All of these refer to different components within the same PPA. You only
> need the first for PPAs, so you should delete lines for PPAs that don't end
> in "main". Watch out for lines that wrap, as with the "restricted",
> "universe" and "multiverse" examples above.
> You may also need to check source lists under the /etc/apt/sources.list.d
> directory.
> Note: you should leave your standard Ubuntu sources, and any non-PPA
> sources, just as they are.
> If you're not sure how to do this, pop into #launchpad on Freenode and one
> of the Launchpad community will help.
> Why this has happened
> ----------------------
> The Debian-style archives used by Ubuntu are often divided into different
> components. With Ubuntu, you've probably heard of at least "main" and
> "universe".
> PPAs don't use these components. However, a bug in Launchpad meant that,
> until December, PPAs were published with a number of different components.
> All of these components were empty and there was no way to publish anything
> to them.
> Today, we started to remove these empty components from PPAs. The only
> impact we anticipate is that anyone whose sources.list referenced these
> components in a PPA will now see an error when performing an
> "apt-get update" or similar.
> No packages are being deleted and anyone with a correctly defined
> sources.list will be able to carry on just as before.
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Nemes Ioan Sorin

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