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How can I fix this? I can't update anything at all.

I've tried to switch to my best server in the options.

When I do sudo apt-get update, this is what I get:

W: Failed to fetch Unable to find expected entry 'universe/binary-1386/Packages' in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file) E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.*

When I do sudo apt-get upgrade, I get this:

Reading package lists... Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information... Done

0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

the contents of my source.list:

deb quantal universe restricted main

....update: when I update, it looks for 'universe/binary-1386/Packages'

however, if I go to: with Google Chrome, I see that the file is actually named "universe/binary-i386/Packages" (it's with an i, not a 1) . how can I fix this and make it expect the proper package?

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the 1st output shows you got problems with your source.list files. so please Post the content of /etc/apt/sources.list as for the 2nd output means you don't have more updates in Other words, the command is working fine. and check this Question to know what to post… – Suhaib Feb 15 '13 at 3:33
this is my sources.list, it's pretty barebones: deb quantal universe restricted main – emperor bohe Feb 15 '13 at 3:36
open the terminal then type this command: gedit /etc/apt/sources.list . A new window will show up. Copy everything inside and paste it to your question. Use the edit button in this page so that you can edit your question and insert the copied contents – Suhaib Feb 15 '13 at 3:39
I updated the first page, but yeah, the literal only line in my sources.list is: "deb quantal universe restricted main" – emperor bohe Feb 15 '13 at 3:43
I've also tried to replace my sources.list with a generated one... but it ends up defaulting to that one line – emperor bohe Feb 15 '13 at 3:44
up vote 5 down vote accepted

It sounds like you've run dpkg --add-architecture 1386 at some point. If dpkg --print-foreign-architectures shows 1386, running dpkg --remove-architecture 1386 should fix the problem.

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this worked, thank you so much! now I can finally start installing software. – emperor bohe Feb 15 '13 at 4:44

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