Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ubuntu: Fixing issues with apt-get after installing Steam client

After installing the latest Steam client (http://store.steampowered.com/) on my Ubuntu 14.04 using the Ubuntu Software Center, I decided to install another package using the package manager.

As a first step I ran apt-get update, which (you guessed correctly) failed fetching several index files:

Err https://private-ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages            
Err https://private-ppa.launchpad.net precise/main i386 Packages              
Ign https://private-ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Translation-en_US          
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/main Translation-en_US    
W: Failed to fetch https://private-ppa.launchpad.net/commercial-ppa-uploaders/steam/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/binary-amd64/Packages  HttpError401
W: Failed to fetch https://private-ppa.launchpad.net/commercial-ppa-uploaders/steam/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/binary-i386/Packages  HttpError401
E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

It seems that my /etc/apt/auth.conf pointed to an incorrect username (a user that was used to merge between 2 different accounts that I had), changing the username to my current username fixed the problem and I was able to update the index files with no errors/warnings.

That's all,
Tal Kain

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