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I've been having a broken package problem for a fair amount of time now, and it was giving me trouble earlier when I was trying to install rvm. After some searching, I opened the software sources manager "gksu software-properties-gtk" and unchecked the archive.canonical.com repositories from "Other Software" and I no longer have any broken packages. Are these important repositories? Should I be worried about my installations health? I'm an Ubuntu noob, so this is worrying me.

It it matters, here were the "sudo apt-get update" errors:

 sudo apt-get update

Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg
Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release                                                                                
Hit http://dl.google.com stable/main amd64 Packages                                                                    
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security Release.gpg                                                            
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise Release.gpg                                                                   
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates Release.gpg                                                           
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports Release.gpg                                                         
Hit http://dl.google.com stable/main i386 Packages                                                                     
Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main TranslationIndex                                                                  
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security Release                                                          
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise Release                                                                       
Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com precise Release.gpg                                                                       
Hit http://archive.canonical.com precise Release.gpg                                                                   
Ign http://archive.canonical.com [distro] Release.gpg                                                                  
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise Release.gpg                                                                       
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates Release                                                         
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/main Sources                                                           
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports Release                                                             
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/main Sources                                                                  
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted Sources                                                            
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/universe Sources                                                              
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/multiverse Sources                                                            
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/main amd64 Packages                                                           
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/restricted Sources                                                     
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe Sources                                                       
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse Sources                                                     
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/main amd64 Packages                                                    
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/restricted amd64 Packages                                              
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe amd64 Packages                                                
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse amd64 Packages                                              
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/main i386 Packages                                                     
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/restricted i386 Packages                                               
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe i386 Packages                                                 
Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com precise Release                                                                           
Hit http://archive.canonical.com precise Release                                                                       
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise Release                                                                           
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted amd64 Packages                                                     
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/universe amd64 Packages                                                       
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/multiverse amd64 Packages                                                     
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/main i386 Packages                                                            
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted i386 Packages                                                      
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/universe i386 Packages                                                        
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/multiverse i386 Packages                                                      
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/main TranslationIndex                                                         
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/multiverse TranslationIndex                                                   
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse i386 Packages                                               
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/main TranslationIndex                                                  
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse TranslationIndex                                            
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/restricted TranslationIndex                                            
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted TranslationIndex                                                   
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe TranslationIndex                                              
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/universe TranslationIndex                                                     
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/main Sources                                                          
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/restricted Sources                                              
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/universe Sources                                                
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/multiverse Sources                                                    
Ign http://archive.canonical.com [distro] Release                                                                      
Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main Sources                                                                
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources                                                                
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/main amd64 Packages                                             
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/restricted amd64 Packages                                       
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/universe amd64 Packages                                               
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/multiverse amd64 Packages                                             
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/main Translation-en                                                    
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse Translation-en                                              
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/main i386 Packages                                                    
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/restricted i386 Packages                                              
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/universe i386 Packages                                          
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/multiverse i386 Packages                                              
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/main TranslationIndex                                                 
Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en_US                                                                 
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/restricted Translation-en                                        
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/multiverse TranslationIndex                                           
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/restricted TranslationIndex                                           
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/universe TranslationIndex                                       
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/restricted amd64 Packages                                     
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/main amd64 Packages                                                 
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/multiverse amd64 Packages                                           
Hit http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner Sources                                                               
Hit http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner amd64 Packages                                                        
Hit http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner i386 Packages                                                         
Ign http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner TranslationIndex                                                      
Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main amd64 Packages                                                         
Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main i386 Packages                                                                
Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main TranslationIndex                                                             
Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en                                                                    
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages                                                         
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main i386 Packages                                                          
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main TranslationIndex                                                       
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe Translation-en                                          
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/universe amd64 Packages                 
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/restricted i386 Packages                
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/main i386 Packages
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/multiverse i386 Packages                
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/universe i386 Packages                  
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/main TranslationIndex                   
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/multiverse TranslationIndex             
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/restricted TranslationIndex             
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/universe TranslationIndex               
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/main Translation-en                               
Ign http://archive.canonical.com [distro]/partner TranslationIndex                         
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/multiverse Translation-en                         
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted Translation-en                         
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/universe Translation-en                           
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/main Translation-en                       
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/multiverse Translation-en                 
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/restricted Translation-en                 
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/universe Translation-en                   
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/main Translation-en                     
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/multiverse Translation-en               
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/restricted Translation-en               
Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/universe Translation-en
Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main Translation-en_US          
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Translation-en_US          
Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main Translation-en
Err http://archive.canonical.com [distro]/partner Sources
  404  Not Found [IP: 80]
Err http://archive.canonical.com [distro]/partner amd64 Packages
  404  Not Found [IP: 80]
Err http://archive.canonical.com [distro]/partner i386 Packages
  404  Not Found [IP: 80]
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Translation-en
Ign http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner Translation-en_US
Ign http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner Translation-en
Ign http://archive.canonical.com [distro]/partner Translation-en_US
Ign http://archive.canonical.com [distro]/partner Translation-en
W: Failed to fetch http://archive.canonical.com/dists/[distro]/partner/source/Sources  404  Not Found [IP: 80]

W: Failed to fetch http://archive.canonical.com/dists/[distro]/partner/binary-amd64/Packages  404  Not Found [IP: 80]

W: Failed to fetch http://archive.canonical.com/dists/[distro]/partner/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found [IP: 80]

E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
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which version of ubuntu did you are using? –  Avinash Raj Nov 23 '13 at 5:53
the tag says 12.04 @AvinashRaj –  xangua Nov 23 '13 at 6:01
The reason repositories are not found is that somehow he edited and change the actual distro release to(sic) "distro". I am even more confused about both the 32bit and 64bit entries. Please clarify your question. –  xangua Nov 23 '13 at 6:14
Done! Edited the original post. –  Kyle Sum Nov 24 '13 at 1:48
got an idea working on an answer.... –  Alvar Nov 24 '13 at 2:13

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Err http://archive.canonical.com [distro]/partner Sources
  404  Not Found [IP: 80]
Err http://archive.canonical.com [distro]/partner amd64 Packages
  404  Not Found [IP: 80]
Err http://archive.canonical.com [distro]/partner i386 Packages
  404  Not Found [IP: 80]

the line that contains [distro] should be replaced with precise if you are running 12.04.

  1. To edit the source list start by opening a terminal.
  2. edit /etc/apt/sources.list with like gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list and a gedit window of the file will open.
  3. find the lines that say deb http://archive.canonical.com [distro]/partner and deb-src http://archive.canonical.com [distro]/partner
  4. deb http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner and deb-src http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner

This should be six lines to edit according to your error.

Source of commands

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Thanks so much! This worked great! By the way, what exactly are those archive.canonical repositories used for anyways? –  Kyle Sum Nov 24 '13 at 2:25
@KyleSum in my source file it just says that is the software from Canonical's 'partner' repository. I don't know what packages those are. But do you have any updates to install now? –  Alvar Nov 24 '13 at 2:29
I believe it updated. Thanks again. –  Kyle Sum Nov 24 '13 at 3:09

In xubuntu 12.04 the flashplugin-installer fails. The ubuntu archive is accessed, the file it is seeking (the .orig.tgz flashplugin-installer tgz archive) exists, but the download stalls.

My method to fix this was to use synaptic as root and remove completely the flashplugin-installer from the apt system.

Then I went here:

and downloaded the Adobe file offered, and did a manual install :

  • unpack the archive
  • read the Readme and follow it's directions
  • Done.

The Readme is easily followed but requri3es to be executed as root using su - or using sudo.
This fix is for the 32bit installer for xubuntu 12.04 update 4.

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