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Friday, March 29, 2019

Failure to download extra data files after installing "ttf-mscorefonts-installer" on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

This package "ttf-mscorefonts-installer" is used to download Microsoft's font files (those files are made freely available by Microsoft) from the Internet and install them. Since, you must accept the EULA of Microsoft to use those font files, those fonts cannot be included in the package like other Free (Free as freedom) packages. Annoying messages of "failure to download extra data files from ttf-mscorefonts-installer in update notifier keep popping up after reboot. I have tried a lot of available solutions on Ubuntu forums and the following worked for me.

First of all, try to reinstall the package, and download the data files needed to configure the package.
sudo dpkg-reconfigure ttf-mscorefonts-installer

If it doesn't work, than opt for manual installation of ttf-mscorefonts-installer as below:

Go to Debian's Site and download the latest ttf-mscorefonts-installer_3.7

sudo apt purge ttf-mscorefonts-installer -y
sudo dpkg -i ttf-mscorefonts-installer_3.7_all.deb

Now, you won't see the annoying notifications from update notifier.


Muaad ElSharif


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