I'm getting this error message when I try to use Update Manager: "Fetch failed: W:Failed to fetch file:/mnt/disk/dists/squeeze/main/binary-amd64/Packages.gz File not found"

Any idea what might have happened to the .gz file that it references? That directory is empty.

closed as not a real question by mdpc, Scott Pack, Magellan, Ward, voretaq7 Dec 1 '12 at 14:19

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  • To elicit more responses or help, I think that you're going to have to explain your environment a little more and how you got to this point. Like what OS/distribution are we talking about here? – mdpc Nov 29 '12 at 20:36
  • I'm running Debian 6.0.6, amd64. The system has been stable for over a year with no issues. The software update tool has worked fine up until this week. No updates are showing as available, yet I know there are usually several updates per week. I haven't changed the sources list, so not sure why all of a sudden there are issues with the sources. – Nelson Nov 29 '12 at 22:33
  • There is no possible way we can answer this question - all of our crystal balls broke in a tragic earthquake. (Think about what you're asking - "Why is this file missing on my computer?" - how are a bunch of strangers on the internet supposed to be able to answer that with the information given?) – voretaq7 Dec 1 '12 at 14:19

You've set up the installation CD, or some other external media, as an installation source in /etc/apt/sources.list. Just comment or remove it.

  • Make sure there's some other accessible mirror in sources.list as well. – DerfK Nov 29 '12 at 20:13
  • something must have gotten corrupted in my system, because it's been working fine for a year with the same sources list. I removed the file source and added a mirror source for squeeze updates and I no longer get the error message, but I'm also not getting any updates. – Nelson Nov 29 '12 at 22:01

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