How to Get Rid ff The “Fail To Fetch” Error Shown When Updating Chrome in Linux

“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”, Ever since Dirk Prank, A software Engineer at Google released this statement, people using Linux-based OS that still are 32-bit systems has been looking for alternatives to the software giant’s Chrome browser.

Google Chrome is a favorite among users of Linux-based operating systems, though there are highly customizable option like Firefox, people on 32-bit systems keep going back to Chrome even after it is discontinued by Google due its reliability and wonderful merge with Linux.


Now things are getting a bit hairy because not just 32-bit systems are affected by the change even those on 64-bit machines running Ubuntu or Linux Mint have been seeing “Fail To Fetch” error message pop up message every time users try to update their Chrome browsers.

The problem, though small, can be quite an inconvenience if you keep running into it several times. The issue with 64-bit systems is that the Source list Entry is still expecting to receive 32-bit packages by default — which is a bit abnormal. The remedy is to modify the Source List Entry to explicitly accept 64-bit packages.
Follow this simple guide to learn more.

First Step

The first thing that we need to do is open a Gedit text editor with the following command:

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


Second Step

Now what you need to do is swap the deb stable main with this line:

deb [arch=amd64] stable main


Third Step

If you are done with the swap, all you need to do now is to save and close the text editor and then run this command to update

sudo apt-get update
If all steps are followed correctly, you are not supposed to see the error the next time you try to update your Chrome browser.

About The Author
Lamin Kanteh
Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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