Thursday, March 17, 2016

Fix Failed To Fetch Google Chrome Repository After Running apt-get update

Failed To Fetch Google Chrome Repository - Why this happen? This caused Google dropped Google Chrome support for GNU/Linux 32bit distribution. As announced in December, Google plans to discontinue 32-bit Google Chrome for Linux this March.

However Chromium browser is goo choice to replace Google Chrome, because the 32bit build configurations for Chromium continues to be supported.

So this is the line that terminal printed when resynchronizes the local index of packages files (sudo apt-get update) :

"W:Failed to fetch Unable to find expected entry 'main/binary-i386/Packages' in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file)"

or alternatively you may see

"Skipping acquire of configured file ‘main/binary-i386/Packages’ as repository ‘ stable InRelease’ doesn’t support architecture ‘i386’"

Why Google Dropping Support?

How to Fix W:Failed to fetch

The small Google Chrome for Linux team can not support all versions of Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. With Linux already a small overall percentile of Chrome’s user base, and 32-bit users amongst that percentage even smaller.

"To provide the best experience for the most-used Linux versions, we will end support for Google Chrome on 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise (12.04), and Debian 7 (wheezy) in early March, 2016.  Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes. We intend to continue supporting the 32-bit build configurations on Linux to support building Chromium. If you are using Precise, we’d recommend that you to upgrade to Trusty", says Dirk Pranke, Software Engineer, Google.

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How to Solve this?

The solution to fix this error is modify the sources.list file. You can edit the source.list in different ways : Using a command line or through a GUI. Ok, you may have your own preferred method but I'll give the easiest ways.

Open the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) then type the following :

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list

Once removed, now let's try :

sudo apt-get update

Cheers! ‘W:Failed to fetch sources.list entry or malformed file)’ should no longer appear.

You have 2 choice to keep Google Chrome installed on your Linux or remove and stop using Google Chrome since it won't receive any security updates: If you prefer to uninstall it, follow the command below :

sudo apt-get remove google-chrome

Have another's errors? See Linuxslaves Linux error solution page.

That's all I can write about Failed to Fetch’ Chrome apt-get update Error. Hope you've enjoyed reading this tutorial as much I’ve enjoyed writing it and thanks for visiting us.

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