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I keep getting an error:

E:The package linux-headers-3.5.0-31-generic needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it.

I have searched everywhere for this error and how to fix it but since this came up there has been no reference to this anywhere.

Any help please or it will be a complete re-install to get rid of the problem.


# deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)]/ dists/precise/main/binary-i386/
# deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)]/ dists/precise/restricted/binary-i386/
# deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release amd64 (20120425)]/ precise main restricted
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deb-src http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring multiverse
deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-updates multiverse
deb-src http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-updates multiverse
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deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring-security main restricted
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring-security main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring-security universe
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring-security universe
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring-security multiverse
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring-security multiverse
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deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring main
deb-src http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring main
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I think your sources are okay. Really strange. Does an error occur if you type sudo apt-get update ? Have you an idea of something you installed or changed which maybe is causing this? What does apt-cache show linux-headers-generic give you? –  verpfeilt Aug 12 '13 at 3:03
    
I just think I will wipe the install because it is now becoming a pain having to cancel error report 2 or 3 times an hour and no one appears to know what the issue is. I have another 3 Lenovos all X61s, this one is an X1. However, two of the others now have the same error. –  Confused Too Aug 28 '13 at 12:25
    
I am about to trash my 12.04 LTS now because no one has come up with the answer.... Note I have 3 computers doing this now so it is obviously not an isolated incident..... –  Confused Too Oct 31 '13 at 12:24
    
perhaps related to askubuntu.com/questions/184117/… ? –  David Cary Feb 5 at 5:17

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Try typing

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic

into Terminal and press enter, then input your Password (it won't show on the screen, this is normal) and press enter. This will always install the header you need when your kernel gets an update. This is supposed to be installed by default as far as I know.

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main@ThinkPad-X1:~$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic [sudo] password for main: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: The package linux-headers-3.5.0-31-generic needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it. main@ThinkPad-X1:~$ ^C main@ThinkPad-X1:~$ –  Confused Too Jul 15 '13 at 21:22
    
It looks like someone deleted the archive on the web so there is no source for the system to go and get and re-install but won't remove either. –  Confused Too Jul 15 '13 at 21:26
    
It looks like Ubuntu is now dead in the water now. If this problem is not fixable then it is back to Windoze..... –  Confused Too Jul 19 '13 at 9:17
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Nah. Even if we would not find any solution to this, you could just reinstall ubuntu. No reason for Windows. Please tell us, which ubuntu version are you using? –  verpfeilt Jul 19 '13 at 10:48
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I am running Ubutu 12.10. I have been using Windoze 7 for the past weeks because have had no time to mess about with this. –  Confused Too Aug 7 '13 at 9:36

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