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I have Ubuntu 13.10 installed as a dual boot system with Windows 7. Ubuntu loads normally, but when I try to update with Synaptic Package Manager, I get the following error message and the system stops there....

Failed to fetch http://mirror.ox.ac.uk/sites/archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/saucy/InRelease  
Failed to fetch http://mirror.ox.ac.uk/sites/archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/saucy-updates/InRelease

(and other links listed too!)

Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

What is wrong please?

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marked as duplicate by Eliah Kagan, Sylvain Pineau, Pandya, mikewhatever, bcbc Oct 1 '14 at 1:40

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askubuntu.com/questions/208037/… Your question is already asked here –  Rakesh Godhala Dec 22 '13 at 4:11
I agree: I think that answer should solve this (or problems like it for others who find this question by searching). –  Eliah Kagan Sep 29 '14 at 4:25

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You should check your source file config : /etc/apt/sources.list

This website will also help you generate a sources.list : http://repogen.simplylinux.ch/index.php

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To better understand what can be the problem check your log files : /var/log/dpkg.log also /var/log/apt

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Very many thanks for your help. I edited the sources.list and this seems to have sorted the problem. Thanks again. –  user226737 Dec 18 '13 at 19:06

This means that those mirrors are down for the moment (or permanently). You should replace them with good mirrors (ie. removing the mirror.ox.ac.uk/sites/ part will get you a good mirror) or replace them entirely with your own preferred mirror.

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