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Get 403 Forbidden when downloading indigo packages from

asked 2017-08-12 02:47:20 -0500

Luk Wang gravatar image

updated 2017-08-12 02:53:27 -0500

gvdhoorn gravatar image

Recently I got error '403 Forbidden' messages when I use '$ apt-get install' to install most indigo packages, when I visit the website directly, I found that I get 403 forbidden only when I try to download indigo packages, packages for kinetic or jade or other distro are totally accessible.

I wonder if it is a server error or it's just my Internet doesn't works fine(I'm in China, BTW), I don't think I would blame it on the system's settings since I can't download those packages form Windows System, either. Error messages are listed below, Help me please!

Error Messages:

Err trusty/main ros-indigo-convex-decomposition amd64 0.1.10-0trusty-20160321-180351-0700
  403  Forbidden
E: Failed to fetch  403  Forbidden

E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with --fix-missing?
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answered 2017-08-12 02:52:58 -0500

gvdhoorn gravatar image

I'll try to find an earlier Q&A that I've seen about a similar question, but for now: it could well be that there is a proxy or firewall between you and that is interfering with your network traffic. We've seen that before.

What you could perhaps try is to see whether any of the mirrors in China do work. See wiki/ROS/Installation/UbuntuMirrors for the global list of mirrors.

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Thanks for quick reply! I managed to download the packages after I update the source.list! I have actually tried that in Software & Updates before, seems that not every mirror works properly, but I do have solved the problem this time! Thanks again!

Luk Wang gravatar image Luk Wang  ( 2017-08-12 04:02:14 -0500 )edit

If there really is a problem with one of the mirrors, you should tell us. Perhaps something can be done about it.

But as I wrote earlier, we've seen instances where proxies and / or firewalls interfere with network traffic, resulting in the sort of strange problems that you report.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2017-08-12 04:03:50 -0500 )edit

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