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I've been looking at this for days along the forums, and no one seems to have a satisfactory answer.

I'm running raring, completely default. I repeatedly see "Something wicked happened resolving..." messages for several repositories, including the default Ubuntu us archive.

When installing Steam through the Software Center, it adds the repository for Steam specific packages (repo.steampowered.com). When installing Chrome, it also installs a new repository.

When I force Ubuntu to use an outside resolver (both on the internal network, as well as the public 4.2.2.2), the error is solved when trying to pull packages from the Ubuntu repositories, but I still get the error for outside repositories.

However, I can easily resolve these domains using any of the resolvers:

W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/raring/Release.gpg  Something wicked happened resolving 'us.archive.ubuntu.com:http' (-11 - System error)

W: Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/dists/stable/Release.gpg  Something wicked happened resolving 'dl.google.com:http' (-11 - System error)

W: Failed to fetch http://repo.steampowered.com/steam/dists/precise/Release.gpg  Something wicked happened resolving 'repo.steampowered.com:http' (-11 - System error)

$ nslookup repo.steampowered.com
Server:     127.0.1.1
Address:    127.0.1.1#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:   repo.steampowered.com
Address: 208.64.203.149

$ nslookup repo.steampowered.com 4.2.2.2
Server:     4.2.2.2
Address:    4.2.2.2#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:   repo.steampowered.com
Address: 208.64.203.149
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closed as off-topic by Braiam, jokerdino Sep 7 '13 at 18:06

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+1. Interesting. Usually I only see this error if it's unable to resolve these hostnames. –  gertvdijk Aug 27 '13 at 19:07
    
did you try wget http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/raring/Release.gpg? If it works it means that something wicked happens with your apt-get, and you are hitting a weird bug. –  Braiam Aug 27 '13 at 22:21
    
I have tried using wget to obtain the gpg files and this works just fine. It only occurs when using APT. <pre> Resolving repo.steampowered.com (repo.steampowered.com)... 208.64.203.149 Connecting to repo.steampowered.com (repo.steampowered.com)|208.64.203.149|:80... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 490 Saving to: ‘Release.gpg’ 100%[======================================>] 490 --.-K/s in 0s 2013-08-27 18:46:25 (38.7 MB/s) - ‘Release.gpg’ saved [490/490] </pre> –  vaetis Aug 28 '13 at 1:46
    
Do not use comments to provide facts, edit the question and add them there. –  Braiam Aug 30 '13 at 0:35
    
"Something wicked happened" errors from APT only very rarely indicate a bug. I wouldn't recommend rushing to that conclusion. –  Eliah Kagan Aug 30 '13 at 15:31

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