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Old 05-30-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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Unhappy 404errors when running apt-get update already tried sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf

Hello! So I'm new to Linux, but I have 3 Linux firewalls/gateways that I want to update, I'm sure they haven't been touched or messed with in the last 5 or 6 years.

So like I said, I am new to Linux and am trying to update these boxes, one at a time. I found out that I need to run apt-get update but I'm getting errors. I've searched for hours in google and found one thing that seemed to fixed people's problems, but it didn't fix it for me.


resident:/var/lib/apt/lists# sudo apt-get update
Err lenny/updates/main Packages
404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Ign lenny/updates/main Release
Err lenny/updates/contrib Packages
404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Get:1 stable/main Packages [8635kB]
Ign lenny/updates/contrib Release
Err lenny/updates/non-free Packages
404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Ign lenny/updates/non-free Release
Get:2 stable/main Release [95B]
Fetched 8635kB in 34s (250kB/s)
Failed to fetch 404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Failed to fetch 404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Failed to fetch 404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Reading Package Lists... Error!
E: Unable to parse package file /var/lib/apt/lists/ (1)
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.


deb stable main

deb lenny/updates main contrib non-free


sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
sudo apt-get update

But I keep getting the same output after running these commands.

Any help? Remember, I'm new and had no idea that apt-get was used to install/update "stuff" so I may be missing something obvious.

Thanks in advance!

Last edited by rasec8711; 05-30-2012 at 04:04 PM.
Old 05-31-2012, 01:58 AM   #2
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According to Lenny's security updates ended on Feb 06 2012.
404 is HTTP not found error, which means that the files are not on the remote server. You have to use the archived repositories to update your lenny system.
Perhaps try something like
deb lenny main contrib non-free
deb lenny/updates main contrib non-free
in your sources.list and apt-get update.

Last edited by Refractor; 05-31-2012 at 01:59 AM. Reason: sources.list fix
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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Refractor! Thank you so much! That did it!

I had found several solutions like this, but they showed how to use the archive to get etch updates instead of lenny. Wow, like I said, I don't know much but I'm learning.

Thanks a lot!


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