Download error in package updater

MR ZenWiz mrzenwiz at
Thu Mar 10 22:30:47 UTC 2016

Actually, what they said they were dropping is support for 32-bit Chrome in

>From the Google support forum:

sarjoor said:
Hi Regis,

Per the updated Chrome System Requirements and Chromium-development forum
post:  (in the Linux section)

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
If you are using Precise, we’d recommend that you to upgrade to Trusty.

Most Linux users are already using 64-bit hardware.  Are you able to update
to a currently supported 64-bit Linux?

Hope that helps some.

For the record, I did an update after that and Chrome installed just fine,
so I suspect it was a remnant from my previous 32-bit install.  I'll check
when I get home.


On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 2:22 PM, Kevin O'Gorman <kogorman at> wrote:

> Something similar happened to me.  I did not hand-edit files, but used the
> tab at   Software Updater -> Settings -> Other Software  to disable Chrome
> updates.  So Chrome runs, but updates are no longer attempted.
> I also notice that Google warned that they'd drop support for 14.04 in
> early March.  I think that's what happened to us, and I guess that Google
> has disconnected us because we're running 14.04.  If that's right, I sure
> wish they'd waited until the next LTS came out.
> There was once a reason why I went from Chromium to Chrome, but I no
> longer remember what it was.  Maybe I should go back.  The thing I read
> about support said Chromium would be unaffected.  And Chromium may have
> fixed whatever beef I had with it.
> On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 4:54 AM, David Fletcher <dave at>
> wrote:
>> On Thu, 2016-03-10 at 04:38 -0800, MR ZenWiz wrote:
>> > Since Google has abandoned the 32-bit binary support, why am I seeing
>> > this in the software update manager:
>> >
>> > W:Failed to fetch
>> >  Unable to
>> > find expected entry 'main/binary-i386/Packages' in Release file (Wrong
>> > sources.list entry or malformed file)
>> > , E:Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or
>> > old ones used instead.
>> >
>> > Or am I misreading it?
>> >
>> > (Xubuntu 14.04.4 running Chrome Version 49.0.2623.87 (64-bit))
>> Searching Google for the error message, I found a couple of tips:-
>> edit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
>> so that it now contains:-
>> # You may comment out this entry, but any other modifications may be
>> lost.
>> deb [arch=amd64] stable main
>> which got rid of the error for one cycle then, as promised, it was reset
>> to its original content.
>> Trying another tip to edit /opt/google/chrome/cron/google-chrome setting
>> lines 24 and 25 in the same manner as above, plus setting the first file
>> again, once more got rid of the error.
>> /opt/google/chrome/cron/google-chrome line 25 has now been modified in a
>> different manner and updates seem to be operating properly again for me
>> at least so I am assuming that Google has now addressed and corrected
>> this issue.
>> Dave
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