don't see what's going on with apt

Dave Stevens geek at
Thu Nov 6 22:35:47 UTC 2014

I'm trying to use Linux Mint 14 as a virtualbox VM. It installs and  
runs ok. With some exceptions. I wanted to run traceroute and got a  
suggestion about installing it first. Then it wasn't found. So I ran  
update and got a lot of errors like those below. I tried to run  
--fix-missing and got more another error, apparently telling me that  
--fix-missing isn't an option. Details follow, advice welcome.


--------------- details -----------

<lots like this>

Err quantal/universe traceroute i386  
   404  Not Found [IP: 80]
Failed to fetch 404  Not Found [IP:  
E: Unable to fetch some archives, try running apt-get update or  
apt-get --fix-missing.
dave-VirtualBox ~ # apt-get --fix-missing
apt for i386 compiled on Oct 16 2012 10:57:13
Usage: apt-get [options] command
        apt-get [options] install|remove pkg1 [pkg2 ...]
        apt-get [options] source pkg1 [pkg2 ...]

apt-get is a simple command line interface for downloading and
installing packages. The most frequently used commands are update
and install.

    update - Retrieve new lists of packages
    upgrade - Perform an upgrade
    install - Install new packages (pkg is libc6 not libc6.deb)
    remove - Remove packages
    autoremove - Remove automatically all unused packages
    purge - Remove packages and config files
    source - Download source archives
    build-dep - Configure build-dependencies for source packages
    dist-upgrade - Distribution upgrade, see apt-get(8)
    dselect-upgrade - Follow dselect selections
    clean - Erase downloaded archive files
    autoclean - Erase old downloaded archive files
    check - Verify that there are no broken dependencies
    changelog - Download and display the changelog for the given package
    download - Download the binary package into the current directory

   -h  This help text.
   -q  Loggable output - no progress indicator
   -qq No output except for errors
   -d  Download only - do NOT install or unpack archives
   -s  No-act. Perform ordering simulation
   -y  Assume Yes to all queries and do not prompt
   -f  Attempt to correct a system with broken dependencies in place
   -m  Attempt to continue if archives are unlocatable
   -u  Show a list of upgraded packages as well
   -b  Build the source package after fetching it
   -V  Show verbose version numbers
   -c=? Read this configuration file
   -o=? Set an arbitrary configuration option, eg -o dir::cache=/tmp
See the apt-get(8), sources.list(5) and apt.conf(5) manual
pages for more information and options.
                        This APT has Super Cow Powers.
dave-VirtualBox ~ #

Hold my beer while I show you this trick I can do!

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