Here is the bug report on launchpad. The cause of the bug is http redirects on
sourceforge.org which are not handled properly by the installer.
The author of the report provides two workarounds with detailed walkthrough:
- The one is to cherrypick v3.6 from debian site as mentioned in other answers.
- The other is to manually download the required files from sourceforge with
wget which can handle the redirects nicely,
dpkg-reconfigure and specify the directory with the downloaded files when asked.
Make a temporary directory and download fonts:
then purge the failed package
sudo apt-get purge ttf-mscorefonts-installer
reinstall the package ignoring probable errors:
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
sudo dpkg-reconfigure ttf-mscorefonts-installer
this will lead to this message:
enter; type the path to the downloaded files in the box (note:
. does not work for me here):
Now the fonts get installed smoothly:
Extracting cabinet: /tmp/mscoref/webdin32.exe
All done, no errors.
All fonts downloaded and installed.
All credits should go to robingape from launchpad