Typo causes apt-get to fail on ubuntu

February 8, 2016 3.6k views
Linux Basics Linux Commands

First thing I do on my new droplet as root: apt-get install git

I get errors that look like:

Err http://mirrors.digitalocean.com/ubuntu/ trusty-updates/main git-man all 1:1.9.1-1ubuntu0.1

I'm PRETTY SURE there's a typo there: ' trusty-updates' is meant to be 'trusty-updates' (extra leading space!).

Please fix this, DO!

  • That is certainly a problem. Which OS image did you use to create this droplet?

  • Nevermind my previous. The image is identifiable from the info you provided. I have passed this along to our images team so we can get it corrected ASAP.

  • Hi, you can fix your own droplet by doing:
    sudo su
    vi /etc/apt/sources.list

    Then you find the correct line, press i for insert mode where cursor is.
    When you have deleted the space, you press ESC, then you press:

    Then when you see the colon there, you write to write and quit:

    Then afterwards I think this is enough:
    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade

  • Sorry I should have been more clear. It was the default Ubuntu, which at the time of writing was version 14.04 x64.

  • olavamjelde thanks for the suggestion but funnily enough it was easier to just spin up another instance with a later version of ubuntu!

  • Yes, these 5$ vps are quite impressive :-)

2 Answers

I just spun up a new Ubuntu 14.04.3 droplet but was unable to duplicate this issue. Was this a new droplet created from the Ubuntu 14.04 image?

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