apt-get on aws won't install zip

Roger Gilbrat asked:

I’m running Ubuntu 12.10 (GNU/Linux 3.5.0-21-generic i686) on AWS.

When I try and install unzip I get the following errors:

sudo apt-get install unzip
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    gir1.2-gudev-1.0 libgudev-1.0-0 netcat-traditional python-gi
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
Suggested packages:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 2 not upgraded.
Need to get 184 kB of archives.
After this operation, 387 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Err http://us-east-1.ec2.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ quantal-updates/main unzip i386 6.0-7ubuntu1.1
    403  Forbidden
Failed to fetch http://us-east-1.ec2.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/u/unzip/unzip_6.0-7ubuntu1.1_i386.deb  403      Forbidden
    E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with --fix-missing?

I’ve tried update and --fix-missing and everything else mentioned and still can’t get it to work. A few other packages seem to install OK. But, it seems in the last month I’ve gotten no updates when doing apt-get update then apt-get upgrade. Maybe that is normal. It seems like I was getting more before.

Running apt-get update seems to pull down information and make connections.

Is it that I’m running Ubuntu 12.10 and not the latest? That would seem odd.

I’ve changed none of the apt-get config files.

I’ve followed the advice from Ubuntu Trusty on EC2 – apt-upgrade with 403 forbidden and it doesn’t help.


My answer:

You are running a version of Ubuntu which is past its end of life date. You can no longer install software from the repositories as they are moved shortly after the release hits EOL.

The preferred method of dealing with this is to upgrade to the latest long-term support (LTS) release. If you truly need old packages from an EOL distribution, you can find them on old-releases.ubuntu.com.

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