issue updating software packages


I'm having an issue installing curl updates that are required by some of my wordpress plugins. I'm also having issues running the apt-get update command with fetching archives.

Could someone please advise me how to deal with this?

Thanks, Elliot Munro



Can you give us some more details on exactly what the issues you are encountering are, or the error message you are getting?

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for getting back to me.

I'm using a WP plugin that requires cURL to be enabled. I've tried to update the libcurl3-gnutls package through the software updates section, though I receive an error stating that:

WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated! libcurl3-gnutls E: There are problems and -y was used without --force-yes

If I try to update the package through the command shell using force yes, I get this error:

Err jaunty-updates/main libcurl3-gnutls 7.18.2-8ubuntu4.1 Could not resolve '' Err jaunty-security/main libcurl3-gnutls 7.18.2-8ubuntu4.1 Could not resolve '' Failed to fetch Could not resolve '' E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with --fix-missing?

I've also tried installing other cURL packages, though these have had similar errors to the the above. If I try to run apt-get update, I get lots of these:

Err virtualmin-universal/main Translation-en_AU Could not resolve ''

Followed by lots of these:

W: Failed to fetch Could not resolve ''

And then this:

W: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead. W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

I'm new to this sort of thing, so forgive me if I'm missing something that's basic.

Do you know what could be causing this?

Thanks, Elliot

Howdy -- which Ubuntu version are you using there?

The error you're receiving almost makes it look like you're using Jaunty, which is Ubuntu 9.04.

The problem with that is that it's reached it's end of life -- the packages for that distribution have been removed from the repositories.

You can determine your Ubuntu version by running this command:

cat /etc/issue

Hi, Thanks for getting back to me.

Yep we're using Ubuntu 9.04 on this server.

We're going to be moving our sites to a new virtualmin server in a week or so, so I assume we won't have these issues once we do.

Do you think the best thing to do is wait until we migrate to the new server, or is there a relatively simple fix for these packages in the mean time?

Thanks for your help :) Elliot

Well, the only solution would be to find a mirror somewhere that contains the outdated packages... most mirrors have removed them, but it's possible you could find one still providing them.

In that regard, you might find it simplest to wait until you finish your migration, and maybe perform the migration sooner if that's possible.

If you do find a mirror containing your desired packages, you could update /etc/apt/sources.list with the location of that mirror.