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In Linux Mint Nadia (Cinnamon), when I run

sudo apt-get update

I got the following set of error; note that I removed http://’s due to Super User’s spam filtering.

Fetched 173 kB in 13s (12.5 kB/s)
W: Failed to fetch  404  Not Found [IP: 80]

W: Failed to fetch  404  Not Found [IP: 80]

W: Failed to fetch  404  Not Found [IP: 80]

W: Failed to fetch  Unable to find expected entry 'non-free/binary-amd64/Packages' in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file)

W: Failed to fetch  404  Not Found [IP: 80]

W: Failed to fetch  404  Not Found [IP: 80]

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

The same errors also appear in the Update Manager.

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I tried: sudo rm -fv /var/lib/apt/lists/* && sudo apt-get update with no luck. Same error. – kelorek Dec 10 '12 at 5:33

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In some cases if you switch to 'Server for United Stages' solves your problem. Because, the selected server if not synced with the mains would result in 404s.

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I haven't verified this article, but check it out and see if modifying the /etc/apt/sources.list will fix your problem.

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What you should do is edit your /etc/apt/sources.list file to make it look like this: (you can edit with gedit as superuser, or vim using sudo or however you like it the most)

deb nadia main upstream import
deb quantal main restricted universe multiverse
deb quantal-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb quantal-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb quantal partner
deb quantal free non-free

#deb quantal-getdeb apps
#deb quantal-getdeb games

then make an update

sudo apt-get update

and the upgrade

sudo apt-get upgrade

You shouldn't see that error anymore...

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I still get a couple of 404 errors and trying to connect with will take an eternity. – Suzana_K Aug 28 '14 at 14:09

I am currently running Linux Mint 17 (64-bit) and I have had the same problem with this and earlier versions of Ubuntu and Linux Mint (32-bit and 64-bit). What usually works for me is to delete all the files in the /var/lib/apt/lists directory and to delete the /var/lib/apt/lists/partial directory by issuing the following commands:

cd /var/lib/apt/lists/

sudo rm *

sudo rm -r *

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Usually, this takes care of the 404 errors, but now and then, I have to dig a bit deeper to ferret out the problem. I hope this helps.

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This is the solution that worked for me: updating the lists to use

sudo sed -i -e 's/\|' /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo sed -i -e 's/\|' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
sudo sed -i -e 's/\|' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-source-repositories.list
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I cross-posted this issue to the Linux Mint forums here.

The nice folks over there were able to help me with most of the issue.

The sources.list* files were auto-configured improperly. The problem is there is no Debian nadia repository as viewed here:

Open a “Terminal” and edit the /etc/apt/sources.list like this; using nano as an example but feel free to use any text editor you like:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Then replace that line, deb nadia contrib with this one in sources list:

deb quantal contrib

Save the file and then run this update command:

sudo apt-get update

Followed by this upgrade command:

sudo apt-get upgrade
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