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The [identical] instructions from these sites used to work:

Now they don't because the apt-get update step hangs, as described here:

Why does apt-get keep waiting for headers on Oracle repository?

What is an alternative way to download and install Oracle XE?

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What is an alternative way to download and install Oracle XE?

If you need the Oracle XE packages from that repository, simply installing them manually is the best option; they haven't been updated since 2006, so it's unlikely they will ever be.

  1. Go to

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  2. Download the .debs you need.

  3. Open in Software Center to install, or install from the terminal with sudo dpkg -i name-of-deb.
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Cool, thanks. Really, I only ever needed this so that cx-Oracle, a python package, would run correctly, and it seemed to need more junk than just environment variables... Thanks again. – hughdbrown Jul 3 '12 at 15:32

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