I got this error after using one of the askubuntu articles to install skype on my ubuntu:

Data files for some packages could not be downloaded

The following packages requested additional data downloads after package installation, but the data could not be downloaded or could not be processed.


This is a permanent failure that leaves these packages unusable on your system.  You may need to fix your Internet connection, then remove and reinstall the packages to fix this problem.

This may have been a result of the errors I got on Errors with Installing Skype on Ubuntu 14.04, which I still haven't received an answer for.

Should I do anything? The error is alarming.

Also, I'm not so sure that this is because of Skype, but putting 2 and 2 together, it seems likely.

  • I commented a fix on your other question, you should solve that one first and then run sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade before proceeding with this question. – Byte Commander Sep 10 '15 at 17:26

Run the following command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall ttf-mscorefonts-installer

If it can't be found, you have to enable the multiverse repository in your System SettingsSoftware & Updates first.

Running the command will probably prompt you to accept the Microsoft Licence (EULA). You have to do this, or the installation will abort. This is also the reason why this package can't be installed non-interactively.

After that, try installing skype again.

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  • The package ttf-mscorefonts-installer seems to have a problem, maybe helpful: askubuntu.com/a/657005/367165 – A.B. Sep 10 '15 at 17:38
  • I just reinstalled the operating system, too many problems. – Rohan Oct 3 '15 at 7:29

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