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I got an odd issue on the ubuntu12.04 when I ran sudo apt-get update command:

W: Failed to fetch
Something wicked happened resolving '****' (-5 - No address associated with hostname)

Here's my /etc/source.list:

deb precise main restricted
deb-src precise main restricted
deb precise-updates main restricted
deb-src precise-updates main restricted
deb precise universe
deb-src precise universe
deb precise-updates universe
deb-src precise-updates universe
deb precise multiverse
deb-src precise multiverse
deb precise-updates multiverse
deb-src precise-updates multiverse
deb precise-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src precise-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb precise-security main restricted
deb-src precise-security main restricted
deb precise-security universe
deb-src precise-security universe
deb precise-security multiverse
deb-src precise-security multiverse
deb precise main
deb-src precise main

And .basrc and /etc/apt/apt.conf content:

**Acquire::http::proxy "http://account:pwd@myproxy:3080/"**;

And /etc/resolve.conf:


I also added Google DNS server ip( to the ipv4 DNS configuration, but still failed. Anyone knows why?

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The source list looks strange, do you really have the spaces between h and ttp://? –  January Jul 16 '13 at 9:41
It says you are behind a proxy... –  Alvar Jul 16 '13 at 9:41
@January For new users there is a maximum number of links you're allowed to post and I suspect (given the reformatting required here) they were all showing as links before adding the space. –  Oli Jul 16 '13 at 9:53

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I blame the proxy.

From here in the UK does not resolve but the mirror works fine. Stop using the proxy and things should start to work. I don't know why you'd want to use a Japanese proxy for a Chinese mirror anyway. Doesn't really make much sense.

If you're adamant you know what should resolve to, run sudoedit /etc/hosts in a terminal and add the following as a new line at the end of the file:
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I work for a Japanese company and it's in the China. In the company i must use jp proxy to connect the network.The browser is ok by using this proxy, but the apt can not work...By a way,there is no space between the h and ttp:// –  Harris Huang Jul 16 '13 at 10:20
i just modified this above proxy to, the update action is ok now, so DNS error cause this issue. i don't know how to configure the local dns... –  Harris Huang Jul 16 '13 at 11:19
@HarrisHuang If you just want to add a record for this domain, you can do so by editing /etc/hosts. I have edited the answer to reflect this. –  Oli Jul 16 '13 at 13:39
yeah, as you said, it's ok now. thanks for your help. –  Harris Huang Jul 17 '13 at 3:22

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