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I've done some searching in the forums already, and maybe I'm just looking too broadly or not getting the keywords right, but I didn't see the answer I'm looking for.
apt-get seems to function, but it won't retrieve anything.
root@0[~]# apt-get install mc
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Package mc is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package mc has no installation candidate
it does this with several other well-known packages that SHOULD work.
# See sources.list(5) for more information
# This file should be edited through synaptic
# MEPIS improvements, overrides and updates--the MEPIS magic
deb http://apt.mepis.org/6.0/ mepis main
Just wondering why you didn't try to get midnight commander from synaptic package manager. I just looked in synaptic and mc was there for the taking. Anytime you change or add to your etc/apt/sources.lst you should either hit the reload button in synaptic or do an apt-get update. That's what enables the new sources that you add.
I find that using synaptic package manager to be the easiest way to get any package that I may need. Synaptic has a great search function too. Sometimes enabling your backport repos will get you a package that you can't find elsewhere.