sofware update warning in menu bar

Bug #1558818 reported by David J. Lafond on 2016-03-17
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app-install-data-ubuntu (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

i'm frequently getting a warning--a red triangle with a red exclamation point inside in the menu bar next to the wireless nextwork connection icon. The drop-down from this says that the information for software updater is outdated & recommends selecting a menu selection below, "Show updates." When i do that the dialog that comes says "Repository information failed to download. i'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS & always install updates whenever they're availalbe. Updater is set to check for updates at least daily.

The wanring comes up when i've had my computer on for a while whether it's active or not. If i hit "retry" in the dialog after the repository information failed to download, it usually comes to the same box again. If i click "Ok" at that point, it seems to be processing for a short time then i get "All software on this computer is up to date." i've tried shutting down & restarting & the red warning box goes away (it's not there now). i've tried on a fresh start to run software updater from the lanuch button & it typically fails to load repository information though a couple of times it has come up with small updates. One of those times i got a message that some updates failed to download. i haven't had any big updates lately & they seemed to happen with some regularity in the past so i'm concerned that i may not be getting updates i should have. Nonetheless, my machine seems to be running fine otherwise. i should also mention that the wanring usually appears when i'm actively on-line though not always. The network is set to connect autmoatically so it's pretty much always connected to the internet. The other note in the dialog box with the "Repository information failed to donwload" is to check the internet connection but i've gotten this in the same session as having visited a vareity of websites, checked e-mail, read the NY Times on line or whatever.

i'm not sure if this is a security bug, a software updater bug or a system bug.

Thank you for whatever light you can shed on this.

david j. lafond

p.s. i don't know if this is a security bug or not. i'm not a programmer but the red warning raises the question of security for me.

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