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I'm trying to install programs/files from the getdeb repo but get a "check your internet connection" error. Programs than I've tried include Qbittorrent and Mozilla-Plugin-VLC.

Through the terminal I get the following errors:

Err natty-getdeb/apps qbittorrent amd64 2.8.2-1~getdeb2
  Could not connect to ( - connect (113: No route to host)
E: Failed to fetch Could not connect to ( - connect (113: No route to host)


Err natty-getdeb/apps mozilla-plugin-vlc amd64 1.1.10-1~getdeb1
  Could not connect to ( - connect (113: No route to host)
E: Failed to fetch Could not connect to ( - connect (113: No route to host)

I'm not having any problems adding/removing other programs/files from my machine. Is there a problem with GETDEB repo (and if so, is there any way to fix it on my end) or is there something wrong with my computer's configuration?

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GetDeb did not exist for some time

Unfortunately due to a power failure with complete data loss both, the GetDeb and the PlayDeb projects were discontinued.

After the server crash where also the GetDeb and PlayDeb database was lost and given the fact that GetDeb and PlayDeb now have too many packages to be handled as a one-man-project I decided to discontinue GetDeb and PlayDeb. on Google+ 18 Jan 2013

But it could be restored

Recently the getdeb and playdeb repositories were re-enabled from a backup and should operate as before.

Fortunately, we did have an up-to-date backup of the old server at the end. The last days I was busy to get everything set up. The sites are up again and you should be able to browse the packages (none should be lost) as well as to use the repository as usual. on Google+ 03 Feb 2013

What if I still have issues

Sometimes due to server issues the repositories may be down again for some time. Then we have to wait patiently until they will operate again. Watch out for news on their projekt page or in posts from getdeb in Google+.

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PlayDeb does have a mirror which you can add to your software sources.

I've used this solution when the main getdeb repositories go offline for an extended period.

As with all mirrors - do not have both the mirror and the actual site active - tick either but not both.


Add the following software sources:

deb lucid-getdeb apps
deb-src lucid-getdeb apps

then get the software source key by copying and pasting the following in a terminal:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver A8A515F046D7E7CF
sudo apt-get update


  1. Change lucid-getdeb for you your distro name, maverick-getdeb, natty-getdeb, oneiric-getdeb, precise-getdeb, quantal-getdeb

  2. You can also use the games mirror repo by adding the same two lines, only changing apps to games


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It appears you've added a third party apt repository to your sources list, and the server is not available.

The only immediate way to "fix" it for you locally, is to remove that repository from your apt sources list, then run apt-get update again, and it should be gone.

If you think you really need to use that repository, then you need to contact whoever maintains it, and discuss its inaccessibility with them.

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