I have the same issue on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Options I am trying are to:
- reinstall it, and
- if it fails I will remove it.
A. I just reinstalled ttf-mscorefonts-installer with command
sudo apt-get install --reinstall ttf-mscorefonts-installer
Outcome from the apt-get log in the terminal:
ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/andale32.exe
0% [Working]terminate called after throwing an instance of 'std::out_of_range'
what(): basic_string::substr: __pos (which is 56) > this->size() (which is 55)
Setting up ttf-mscorefonts-installer (3.4+nmu1ubuntu2) ...
B. If I continue to see the below message, I plan to remove it with command: sudo apt-get remove ttf-mscorefonts-installer.
Failure to download extra data files
The following packages requested additional data downloads after package installation, but the data could not be downloaded or could not be processed.
The download will be attempted again later, or you can try the download again now. Running this command requires an active Internet connection.
Hope this answer helps. If you have a better answer, pls let me know. As solution B means MS core fonts will not be available for use.