[plug] setting up apt-get

Nick Bannon nick at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Sat Jan 5 16:31:56 WST 2008

On Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 01:26:40PM +0800, David Buddrige wrote:
> root at ross-desktop:~# apt-get update
> Err http://security.ubuntu.com dapper-security Release.gpg
>   Temporary failure resolving 'security.ubuntu.com'
> Err http://au.archive.ubuntu.com dapper Release.gpg
>   Temporary failure resolving 'au.archive.ubuntu.com'
> I can ping these websites as follows:
> [david at main ~]$ ping au.archive.ubuntu.com
> PING mirror.optus.net ( 56(84) bytes of data.
> 64 bytes from mirror.optusnet.com.au ( icmp_seq=0 ttl=55 time=216 ms

If you have a line in sources.list:
deb http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ dapper main

...then apt-get tries to download:

It says that it can't resolve the hostname, which might mean the network
or the DNS isn't working. Are you sure you can ping those sites? You're
pinging from a machine called "main" and apt-get'ing from a machine called

Does another tool, such as wget/firefox/curl/links/lynx/
telnet hostname 80/netcat/... work? Is a web proxy required? e.g.:
wget http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/dapper/Release.gpg


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