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I am working on a Linux Mint 16 computer and since recently, every time I want to install something via apt-get install, the log message says that the packages couldn't be authenticated. I go ahead and try to install them without authetication and it turns out most of the packages are not found.

At the end of the process, the console message suggests me to use apt-get update or --fix-missing. So that's what I do:sudo apt-get update and immediateley after I try again to install with sudo apt-get install nginx but I still get the same message error.

What is the problem? Am I missing something?

Note: I would have copy/pasted the logs but they are in Spanish so they would probably wouldn't have been of much help to most.

UPDATE: I managed to get the logs in English thanks to @Flup.

Here they are: For apt-get install:

ricardo@toshi ~$ sudo apt-get install nginx
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  libnet-daemon-perl libplrpc-perl
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
  nginx-common nginx-full
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  nginx nginx-common nginx-full
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 17 not upgraded.
Need to get 404 kB of archives.
After this operation, 1246 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated!
  nginx-common nginx-full nginx
Install these packages without verification [y/N]? y
Err http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-updates/universe nginx-common all 1.2.6-1ubuntu3.3
  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.88.153 80]
Err http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-security/universe nginx-common all 1.2.6-1ubuntu3.3
  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.200 80]
Err http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-security/universe nginx-full amd64 1.2.6-1ubuntu3.3
  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.200 80]
Err http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-security/universe nginx all 1.2.6-1ubuntu3.3
  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.200 80]
Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/n/nginx/nginx-common_1.2.6-1ubuntu3.3_all.deb  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.200 80]
Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/n/nginx/nginx-full_1.2.6-1ubuntu3.3_amd64.deb  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.200 80]
Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/n/nginx/nginx_1.2.6-1ubuntu3.3_all.deb  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.200 80]
E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with --fix-missing?

For apt-get update:

ricardo@toshi ~$ sudo apt-get update
Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg
Ign http://es.archive.ubuntu.com raring Release.gpg                                                                                          
Hit http://archive.canonical.com raring Release.gpg                                                                                          
Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg                                                                                                  
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net raring Release.gpg                                                                                              
Ign http://es.archive.ubuntu.com raring Release.gpg                                                                                          
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring Release.gpg                                                                                             
Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release                                                                                                      
Hit http://archive.canonical.com raring Release                                                                                              
Ign http://es.archive.ubuntu.com raring Release                                                                                              
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net raring Release.gpg                                                                                              
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates Release.gpg                                                                                     
Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release                                                                                                      
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com raring-security Release.gpg                                                                                   
Ign http://es.archive.ubuntu.com raring Release                                                                                              
Hit http://archive.canonical.com raring/partner amd64 Packages                                                                               
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring Release                                                                                                 
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net raring Release                                                                                                  
Hit http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org dist Release.gpg                                                                                     
Hit http://dl.google.com stable/main amd64 Packages                                                                                          
Get:1 http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia Release.gpg [198 B]                                                                               
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates Release                                                                                         
Hit http://archive.canonical.com raring/partner i386 Packages                                                                                
Hit http://dl.google.com stable/main i386 Packages                                                                                           
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net raring Release                                                                                                  
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com raring-security Release                                                                                       
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/main amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                           
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net raring/main Sources                                                                                             
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/restricted amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                     
Get:2 http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia Release [18.5 kB]                                                                                 
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net raring/main amd64 Packages                                                                                      
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/universe amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                       
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com raring-security/main amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                 
Hit http://dl.google.com stable/main amd64 Packages                                                                                          
Hit http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org dist Release                                                                                         
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/multiverse amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                     
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net raring/main i386 Packages                                                                                       
Hit http://dl.google.com stable/main i386 Packages                                                                                           
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/main i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                            
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com raring-security/restricted amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                           
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/restricted i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                      
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/universe i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                        
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com raring-security/universe amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                             
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/multiverse i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                      
Hit http://toolbelt.heroku.com ./ Release.gpg                                                                                                
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net raring/main Sources                                                                                             
Get:3 http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/main amd64 Packages [23.5 kB]                                                                     
Hit http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org dist/10gen amd64 Packages                                                                            
Hit https://get.docker.io docker Release.gpg                                                                                                 
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net raring/main amd64 Packages                                                                                      
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com raring-security/multiverse amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                           
Ign http://archive.canonical.com raring/partner Translation-en                                                                               
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net raring/main i386 Packages                                                                                       
Hit https://get.docker.io docker Release                                                                                                     
Ign http://archive.canonical.com raring/partner Translation-es                                                                               
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com raring-security/main i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                  
Hit http://toolbelt.heroku.com ./ Release                                                                                                    
Hit http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org dist/10gen i386 Packages                                                                             
Hit https://get.docker.io docker/main amd64 Packages                                                                                         
Get:4 http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/upstream amd64 Packages [9249 B]                                                                  
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com raring-security/restricted i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                            
Hit https://get.docker.io docker/main i386 Packages                                                                                          
Get:5 http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/import amd64 Packages [39.2 kB]                                                                   
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com raring-security/universe i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                              
Hit http://toolbelt.heroku.com ./ Packages                                                                                                   
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates/main amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                   
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com raring-security/multiverse i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                            
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates/restricted amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                             
Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en                                                                                          
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates/universe amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                               
Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-es                                                                                          
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates/multiverse amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                                             
Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en                                                                                          
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates/main i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                    
Get:6 http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/main i386 Packages [23.5 kB]                                                                      
Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-es                                                                                          
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates/restricted i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                              
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates/universe i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                                
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates/multiverse i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                                              
Get:7 http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/upstream i386 Packages [9237 B]                                                                   
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net raring/main Translation-en                                                                                      
Get:8 http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/import i386 Packages [40.1 kB]                                                                    
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net raring/main Translation-es                                                                                      
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net raring/main Translation-en                                                                                      
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net raring/main Translation-es                                                                                      
Ign http://toolbelt.heroku.com ./ Translation-en                                                                                             
Ign http://toolbelt.heroku.com ./ Translation-es                                                                                             
Ign http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org dist/10gen Translation-en                                                                            
Ign http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org dist/10gen Translation-es                                                 
Err http://es.archive.ubuntu.com raring/main amd64 Packages                                 
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Ign http://es.archive.ubuntu.com raring/universe Translation-es                                                                              
Ign http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/import Translation-en                                                                               
Ign http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/import Translation-es                                                                               
Ign https://get.docker.io docker/main Translation-en                                                                                         
Ign http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/main Translation-en                                                                                 
Ign http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/main Translation-es                                                                                 
Ign http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/upstream Translation-en                                                                             
Ign https://get.docker.io docker/main Translation-es                                                                                         
Ign http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia/upstream Translation-es                                                                             
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/main Translation-en                                                                                     
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Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/universe Translation-es                                                                                 
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates/main Translation-en                                                                             
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com raring-updates/main Translation-es                                                                             
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W: Failed to fetch http://es.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/n/nginx/nginx_1.4.6-1ubuntu3_all.deb/dists/raring/main/binary-amd64/Packages  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.201 80]

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E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
  • 1
    Are your repos set up correctly? It might make sense to still post the logs in the event someone sees something they recognize. – n0pe Jul 25 '14 at 13:16
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    To get output in English, do an export LANG=C, run your commands again, and paste the output. – Flup Jul 25 '14 at 13:19
  • Thank you for the advice. I managed to obtain the log in English and just updated muy question. – Xar Jul 25 '14 at 13:30
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    Mint 16 has gone EOL and is no longer supported - see Linux Mint Releases and How to upgrade to a newer release – steeldriver Jul 25 '14 at 13:39
40

The thing that helped me was: https://smyl.es/how-to-fix-ubuntudebian-apt-get-404-not-found-package-repository-errors-saucy-raring-quantal-oneiric-natty/

Basically updating the lists to use old-releases.ubuntu.com:

sudo sed -i -e 's/archive.ubuntu.com\|security.ubuntu.com/old-releases.ubuntu.com/g' /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo sed -i -e 's/archive.ubuntu.com\|security.ubuntu.com/old-releases.ubuntu.com/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
sudo sed -i -e 's/archive.ubuntu.com\|security.ubuntu.com/old-releases.ubuntu.com/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-source-repositories.list

Edit: As Meisam Mulla said in the comments, if your urls in the /etc/apt/sources.list files are prefixed with something (ca. for example) you'll need to remove the prefixes manually, as ca.old-releases.ubuntu.com isn't a valid address.

Also, some of my error messages for the Googlers:

W: Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/raring-security/main/source/Sources  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.88.153 80]
Err http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/main Sources
  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.201 80]
Err http://archive.ubuntu.com raring/restricted Sources
  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.92.201 80]
  • This also worked for me. – Newb Aug 14 '14 at 21:56
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    Sweet! Glad to see my blog post helped :D – sMyles Sep 6 '14 at 0:47
  • Xiao, after running this command, I am not able to do apt-get install any more. I get error stating package not available. Any ideas how to circumvent that? – bschandramohan Mar 10 '15 at 16:25
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    Hi @ChandraMohan. I've since updated to Mint 17.1, so I can't help you unfortunately. I would suggest asking a new question with your exact error message – Xiao Mar 11 '15 at 1:42
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    I did this and it worked however I was still getting connection errors. Turns out the sources in /etc/apt/sources.list were prefixed with ca.. I just manually removed the prefix from the url and it started working properly. – Meisam Mulla Oct 3 '15 at 1:37
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If you take one of the urls that gives a 404 error and put it in your browser, you will see that you get the 404 error as well. This might be temporary, or a server error so what you can do is search up the directory structure until your url is http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/.

There you will see subdirectories for lucid (10.04), precise (12.04), saucy (13.10), trusty (14.04), and utopic (14.10). The numbers are the corresponding Ubuntu version numbers. Others are End-of-life, no-longer supported, and should not be used. Mint 16 should be a derivative of 13.10 so it is unclear why your system tries to get something from 13.04.

You could try to update the entries in /etc/apt/sources.lst and /etc/sources.list.d/* from raring to saucy, and try if that helps, but you might further break the system by installing incompatible versions (make a backup first).

You should consider upgrading to Mint 17, or fall back to a supported older version like Maya (13)

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