Failed to create the apt-file cache /usr/share/apt-file/do-apt-file-update (no such file or directory)

Bug #1720511 reported by Fabien of Hill on 2017-09-30
This bug affects 9 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
apt-file (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

After upgrading from 17.04 to 17.10 a dialog for updating apt-file poped, when clicking 'run this action now' it create a terminal window with "There was an error creating the child process for this terminal. Failed to execute child process "/usr/share/apt-file/do-apt-file-update" (No such file or directory)

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in apt-file (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Battant (mparchet) wrote :


I have upgrade xubuntu 17.04 64 bit to xubuntu 17.10 64 bit and I have the same bug

configuration :
xubuntu 17.10 64 bit
uname -r
apt-cache policy "apt-file"
  Installé : 3.1.4
  Candidat : 3.1.4
 Table de version :
 *** 3.1.4 500
        500 artful/universe amd64 Packages
        500 artful/universe i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Could you help me please to fixe this bug ?

Best regards


Battant (mparchet) wrote :


I have run the command

apt-file update

and I have restart

and the message not show again.

to solve this bug should the system run command apt-file update and not /usr/sheare/apt-file/do-aot-file.update ?

Thanks for your help ?

Best regards


I've just upgraded to Ubuntu 18.04 "bionic" and this problem is still present (just for the record, I know this bug is still open, there's no surprise)

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