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I am trying to install virtual box on Ubuntu 11.10

I tried the procedure given in following link:

http://www.ubuntugeek.com/virtualbox-4-1-6-released-and-ubuntu-11-1011-04-installation-instructions-included.html

But, when I do sudo apt-get update it is showing failed message as follows:

W: Failed to fetch http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/dists/oneiric/Release Unable to find expected entry 'contrib/source/Sources' in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file)

E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

If anyone aware of this bug please help me soon.

Thank you.

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I've just installed VirtualBox 4.1.8 on my Ubuntu 11.10 (desktop), but I've used another way (so, it wont solve your bug, it will just help you to install VB) :

  • Go to Virtual Box Linux Downloads
  • Download the .deb file corresponding to your platform (i386/amd64)
  • Open the .deb. The Software center will start, and will allow you to install VB
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Having same problem. There are many similar reports on the web. sudo apt-get clean did nothing. This is a new distro install - no prior versions of VBox. –  Joe Mar 1 '12 at 2:44
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It would help if we could see the contents of your source.list?

One thing you could try is sudo apt-get clean

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