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My 32 bit debian (version: Debian GNU/Linux 8) installation is suddenly giving me the following messages when I run apt-get update.

W: Failed to fetch http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/dists/jessie-updates/InRelease  Unable to find expected entry 'main/binary-i386/Packages' in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file)

E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

The funny part is that I did not add any additional sources. Here is my /etc/apt/sources.list file. It's default.


# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 8.7.1 _Jessie_ - Official i386 NETINST Binary-1 20170116-10:07]/ jessie main

#deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 8.7.1 _Jessie_ - Official i386 NETINST Binary-1 20170116-10:07]/ jessie main

deb http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ jessie main
deb-src http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ jessie main

deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main

# jessie-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
deb http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ jessie-updates main

Now I don't know how to solve this. Can this file somehow gets corrupted? Can I revert it back? What should I do to fix this?

marked as duplicate by Stephen Kitt apt Apr 15 at 20:40

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  • It's popssibly the repository mirror you have selected, ftp.nl.debian.org, has opted to no longer carry the 32-bit package builds. Check with the mirror maintainer and, in the meantime, you can look for another repository mirror which has not done so. – DopeGhoti Apr 15 at 19:12

You need to remove the jessie-updates from your sources.list


For Debian 8 "Jessie", jessie-updates no longer exists as this suite no longer receives updates since 2018-05-17.

The next time you run apt-get update, the system will become aware of the packages in the (old)stable-updates section and will consider them when looking for packages to upgrade.

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