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I'm trying to install build-essential but Ubuntu cannot find it.

ruchir@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package build-essential
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Which repositories do you have enabled in /etc/apt/sources.list? – pkaeding Sep 14 '10 at 18:19

Try updating first

sudo apt-get update

and then try to install it

sudo apt-get install build-essential

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