I am trying to install unzip and vsftpd on my lamp server on my aws instance, but attempting to install anything results in the following error:

$ sudo apt-get install vsftpd
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 82 not upgraded.
Need to get 111 kB of archives.
After this operation, 361 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Err http://ap-southeast-1.ec2.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-updates/main vsftpd amd64 3.0.2-1ubuntu2.14.04.1
  Could not resolve 'ap-southeast-1.ec2.archive.ubuntu.com'
E: Failed to fetch http://ap-southeast-1.ec2.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/v/vsftpd/vsftpd_3.0.2-1ubuntu2.14.04.1_amd64.deb  Could not resolve 'ap-southeast-1.ec2.archive.ubuntu.com'

E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with --fix-missing?

I've tried apt-get update and --fix-missing but still unable to install anything new.

The version details are as follows:

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Release:    14.04
Codename:   trusty
  • Could not resolve 'ap-southeast-1.ec2.archive.ubuntu.com' is self explanatory. – dawud Jul 17 '14 at 10:44
  • Not to me. That's the error I understand, but how to resolve it is something I have no idea about. – Aayush Jul 17 '14 at 10:51
  • can I change the download mirror in ubuntu? – Aayush Jul 17 '14 at 10:53

You can try below

1.) launch instances with user data like:


apt_mirror: http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/

The above will allow other portions of cloud-config that assume apt is set up properly to work.

Then try apt-get update & apt-get install

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  • I'm not sure what that means? Will I have to launch a new instance. Is it not possible to change the apt_mirror to what you have mentioned? – Aayush Jul 17 '14 at 10:54
  • Yes changing mirror will do. – S.Ragavendra Ganesh Jul 17 '14 at 10:57

I'm not sure if doing this is the right way to do this, but I got it working by changing the apt-get mirrors in /etc/apt/sources.list to http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ but I made a backup of the file just in case.

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