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Old 05-01-2010, 04:34 PM   #1
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Can't install updates with apt-get program Ubuntu 9.04

Hey guys,

My update manager is alerting me of new updates to be installed and when I try to install them with apt-get, I receive this error message:

ronin-machine1:~$ sudo apt-get install updates
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package updates

This is the first time I've ever encountered problems updating. I tried updating apt-get thinking maybe this was the problem:

sudo apt-get update

It was successful but it wasn't the problem. I tried Google but the info I could find related to not being able to install specific software. I also tried rebooting my computer just as a last resort and that didn't do anything either.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 05-01-2010, 04:50 PM   #2
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Maybe you should read the error message ?

E: Couldn't find package updates
Are you trying to install a package called updates ?

If you are updating installed packages then use apt-get upgrade

Last edited by smoker; 05-01-2010 at 04:54 PM.
Old 05-01-2010, 06:10 PM   #3
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Hey Smoker,

I did read the error message. The last time I updated with apt-get I was positive I typed "sudo apt-get install updates" but I was wrong. Thank you for you help, it worked.


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