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Fix Installer “Package Download Failed: Can’t Find Host!”

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If you’re using Installer to install 3rd party applications, one of the things you need to keep on top of is your list of Sources. Sometimes when one of the sources has changed, it will affect the way you install programs. This post is a response to a couple emails I’ve received lately (I apologize if I have not responded to your email just yet–I need to eat sometimes!).

Once problem that I have run into in the past is getting the error message from Installer that says “Package download failed: can’t find host!”. It took me a while to search and figure this one out, as I thought it would fix itself over time. Anyways, the problem is because of Ste Packaging’s updated URL. Since they changed it, Installer gives you an error as it can’t find the apps to install.

How to Fix “Package download failed: can’t find host!” in Installer

  1. Launch Installer. Go to Sources.
  2. Click EDIT…and then delete the old Ste Packaging URL
  3. Click EDIT…then ADD…type in (case sensitive!) http://repo.smxy.org/iphone-apps/
  4. Click OK then press DONE
  5. (Optional) Go to Install…go to the Sources category…then install/update Community Sources. (this will help).

This worked for me…so it should work for you. However, there have been cases where after following this fix, it still does not work for some people. Make sure you type in the URL above exactly as shown–it should be case sensitive! If you’re going to try this, let me know if it works in the comments! Have a good weekend everybody!

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  • Dusty

    Thanks for the tip πŸ˜‰
    I had this problem happen to me once and then later on it worked… If I come across this problem again, Ill give this a try.

  • Dusty

    Thanks for the tip πŸ˜‰
    I had this problem happen to me once and then later on it worked… If I come across this problem again, Ill give this a try.

  • Amanda

    The one problem I DON’T have is this lol

    It would be nice for someone to update the apps on installer, I keep getting> must have 1.1.1 or 1.1.2 for this to work blah blah blah.
    I installed the new weather icon app and now I have NO weather arg! oh and I can’t get my customize app to work, it just sits there on the spicy chicken screen then goes back to the springboard. Also when I install themes for “Summerboard” most of them don’t even show up in it for me to select them. All this since 1.1.3 Maybe I will try out ZiPhone’s upgrade/jailbreak/unlock or maybe just go back to 1.1.2…..

  • Amanda

    The one problem I DON’T have is this lol

    It would be nice for someone to update the apps on installer, I keep getting> must have 1.1.1 or 1.1.2 for this to work blah blah blah.
    I installed the new weather icon app and now I have NO weather arg! oh and I can’t get my customize app to work, it just sits there on the spicy chicken screen then goes back to the springboard. Also when I install themes for “Summerboard” most of them don’t even show up in it for me to select them. All this since 1.1.3 Maybe I will try out ZiPhone’s upgrade/jailbreak/unlock or maybe just go back to 1.1.2…..

  • Dusty

    @Amanda
    Have u tried tapping the chicken? LOL that sounds funny πŸ˜› But once u install customize and u go to load the app, the chicken screen shows and just start tapping the chicken. The app might still crash a few times but after 3 or 5 or more tries, the app should load and not have the problem anymore. I always had to do that when I restore my iPhone and install the customize app. One other way that might help fix ur problem is change the permissions of customize to 755 by SSH into ur iPhone. I did that once and customize loaded first try by still tapping the chicken πŸ˜‰

    Well hope this helps ya.

  • Dusty

    @Amanda
    Have u tried tapping the chicken? LOL that sounds funny πŸ˜› But once u install customize and u go to load the app, the chicken screen shows and just start tapping the chicken. The app might still crash a few times but after 3 or 5 or more tries, the app should load and not have the problem anymore. I always had to do that when I restore my iPhone and install the customize app. One other way that might help fix ur problem is change the permissions of customize to 755 by SSH into ur iPhone. I did that once and customize loaded first try by still tapping the chicken πŸ˜‰

    Well hope this helps ya.

  • Amanda

    ok I found a solution that worked for the customize, (ssh wouldnt work!!) :
    I uninstalled it, then added http://touchrepo.com/repo.xml to Sources, then installed the modified version of Customize 1.21 from Installer.

    (I have BSD Subsystem 2.1 installed. I used the Dev Team update to 1.1.3 and upgraded the baseband to 04.03.13_G.)

  • Amanda

    ok I found a solution that worked for the customize, (ssh wouldnt work!!) :
    I uninstalled it, then added http://touchrepo.com/repo.xml to Sources, then installed the modified version of Customize 1.21 from Installer.

    (I have BSD Subsystem 2.1 installed. I used the Dev Team update to 1.1.3 and upgraded the baseband to 04.03.13_G.)

  • Amanda

    oh I also found a solution to the “weather icon fix” app….
    http://www.hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=31295
    QUOTE>
    From installer under the system category install: Term-vt100
    Then go to tweaks 1.1.3 and install SUID Lib Fix
    Then go to the springboard (the main page where all the apps are on the iPhone)
    and tap the Term-vt100 app
    its gonna say password:
    type in alpine for the password
    dont worry its gonna appear like you are not typing anything
    then hit return
    then type in exactly with capital letters etc this: chmod -R 755 /Applications/Weather.app
    do this VERY slowly. you can’t make a mistake cuz u cant backspace and if u make a mistake restart the whole process
    remember all capital letters and all… should be exact
    once done press return
    then turn off your phone and then turn it back on.
    that should work.
    <UNQUOTE

    sorry to hijack your post iPhoneFan πŸ™‚

  • Amanda

    oh I also found a solution to the “weather icon fix” app….
    http://www.hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=31295
    QUOTE>
    From installer under the system category install: Term-vt100
    Then go to tweaks 1.1.3 and install SUID Lib Fix
    Then go to the springboard (the main page where all the apps are on the iPhone)
    and tap the Term-vt100 app
    its gonna say password:
    type in alpine for the password
    dont worry its gonna appear like you are not typing anything
    then hit return
    then type in exactly with capital letters etc this: chmod -R 755 /Applications/Weather.app
    do this VERY slowly. you can’t make a mistake cuz u cant backspace and if u make a mistake restart the whole process
    remember all capital letters and all… should be exact
    once done press return
    then turn off your phone and then turn it back on.
    that should work.
    <UNQUOTE

    sorry to hijack your post iPhoneFan πŸ™‚

  • Dusty

    @Amanda
    Sounds like u figured everything out… πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the info. too, it may come in handy sometime.

  • Dusty

    @Amanda
    Sounds like u figured everything out… πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the info. too, it may come in handy sometime.

  • shaqo

    I had the same prob. and I fixed it just do this : Delete “Ste Packing” from sources and installed “Comunity Sources 3.6” from install…

  • shaqo

    I had the same prob. and I fixed it just do this : Delete “Ste Packing” from sources and installed “Comunity Sources 3.6” from install…

  • frans

    I had the same problem Γ­nstaller package download failed
    I followed your instructions and now it works fine

    thanks a lot

  • Mony k

    Hey Am 4m egypt..& my iphone always write ..package download faild:cant find host..
    i dunno what to do should i go to the store that i bought it from OR WHAT!!
    πŸ™
    plz help me Guyz πŸ™

  • Mony k

    Hey Am 4m egypt..& my iphone always write ..package download faild:cant find host..
    i dunno what to do should i go to the store that i bought it from OR WHAT!!
    πŸ™
    plz help me Guyz πŸ™

  • Salah

    I want just to know either or not WIFI is necessary to fix that problem “can’t find host”.
    Is there anyway to make internet connexion without WIFI : Iphone connected to PC by USB and PC connectd to internet throught ADSL?

  • Salah

    I want just to know either or not WIFI is necessary to fix that problem “can’t find host”.
    Is there anyway to make internet connexion without WIFI : Iphone connected to PC by USB and PC connectd to internet throught ADSL?

  • MD

    I tried this and got an error saying “could not refresh sources”..any help?

  • MD

    I tried this and got an error saying “could not refresh sources”..any help?

  • MD

    I tried this yet i still got an error saying “could not refresh sources” ….any help?

  • MD

    I tried this yet i still got an error saying “could not refresh sources” ….any help?

  • jdubletrouble

    I followed the instruction and I deleted the first Ste packaging source then I added it again and it still won’t let me install apps.

    I’m trying to reinstall my BSD Subsystem after I updated my iphone to 1.1.4. Anyone help please??

  • jdubletrouble

    I followed the instruction and I deleted the first Ste packaging source then I added it again and it still won’t let me install apps.

    I’m trying to reinstall my BSD Subsystem after I updated my iphone to 1.1.4. Anyone help please??

  • Hey guys, make sure you type in the source URL exactly as shown–it’s case sensitive.

  • iPhone Fan

    Hey guys, make sure you type in the source URL exactly as shown–it’s case sensitive.

  • sailinginoz

    Hi –
    I tried this and I also get the error “Refresh Failed. Could not refresh sources”.

    I don’t have “Ste” installed and the source URL is typed in exactly as shown, as it’s case sensitive πŸ™‚

    Please help!

  • sailinginoz

    Hi –
    I tried this and I also get the error “Refresh Failed. Could not refresh sources”.

    I don’t have “Ste” installed and the source URL is typed in exactly as shown, as it’s case sensitive πŸ™‚

    Please help!

  • 306S16

    Iv got the same prob, cant install BSD.
    Did as stated at top of page, but still nothing, will try later.

  • 306S16

    Iv got the same prob, cant install BSD.
    Did as stated at top of page, but still nothing, will try later.

  • 306S16

    works ok for me, had to wait a few mins and had to refresh 4-5 times.

  • 306S16

    works ok for me, had to wait a few mins and had to refresh 4-5 times.

  • sailinginoz

    Ugh .. I’ve tried this several times – across many days – and it still doesn’t work .. I’m thinking of erasing everything – starting from scratch and jailbreaking my phone ….

  • sailinginoz

    Ugh .. I’ve tried this several times – across many days – and it still doesn’t work .. I’m thinking of erasing everything – starting from scratch and jailbreaking my phone ….

  • innDiver

    I’m completely stuck here, I tried so many things but nothing seems to work or makes the situation improve a little bit.
    I have a iPhone 1.1.4…
    I had BSD installed and openSSh on 1.1.3 before upgrading but actually never tried to access my phone via ssh.
    I upgraded at least 1 month ago to 1.1.4, installed summerboard, managed to customized my icons.

    Now I would like to customize some application, for this purpose I need to access my iPhone through SSH. But when I use the iPhone terminal I get this:
    /user/bin/login: file does not exist
    /bin/login: file does not exist
    /bin/ssh: file does not exist

    I wanted to reinstall BSD but I keep on getting the Package failed to download, I reinstalled openSSH, refreshed the community sources, emptied the queue, turned off, on…

    Please, I need a hint here!!!

  • innDiver

    I’m completely stuck here, I tried so many things but nothing seems to work or makes the situation improve a little bit.
    I have a iPhone 1.1.4…
    I had BSD installed and openSSh on 1.1.3 before upgrading but actually never tried to access my phone via ssh.
    I upgraded at least 1 month ago to 1.1.4, installed summerboard, managed to customized my icons.

    Now I would like to customize some application, for this purpose I need to access my iPhone through SSH. But when I use the iPhone terminal I get this:
    /user/bin/login: file does not exist
    /bin/login: file does not exist
    /bin/ssh: file does not exist

    I wanted to reinstall BSD but I keep on getting the Package failed to download, I reinstalled openSSH, refreshed the community sources, emptied the queue, turned off, on…

    Please, I need a hint here!!!

  • yo, thanks man, also just like to point out htat you dont need to add this source. If you added shais and/or blaze ultimat to your sources then it will be in the sources cat. with nullriver. Right now it is takeing a long time to refresh my sources, but probably cuz i have 200+ alo just ot say this, on a friends touch this works on 1.1.3 also and on an iphone.

    (yes i have heard of iappcat, i use it:)

    Thanks again

  • yo, thanks man, also just like to point out htat you dont need to add this source. If you added shais and/or blaze ultimat to your sources then it will be in the sources cat. with nullriver. Right now it is takeing a long time to refresh my sources, but probably cuz i have 200+ alo just ot say this, on a friends touch this works on 1.1.3 also and on an iphone.

    (yes i have heard of iappcat, i use it:)

    Thanks again

  • @innDiver
    customize some applications what do you mean?

  • @innDiver
    customize some applications what do you mean?

  • innDiver

    Hey,
    Using Summerboard I changed the skin for my iPhone. Now, I would like to change also the skin for my weather application, the sliders and so on. To do so, I have to change the png files of those applications. No other way but to access the phone via ssh to change those files.

    But no matter what I try I cannot reinstall my BSD…Download package failed…

    I’m a bit lazy and don’t want to do everything from scratch again on my phone…

  • innDiver

    Hey,
    Using Summerboard I changed the skin for my iPhone. Now, I would like to change also the skin for my weather application, the sliders and so on. To do so, I have to change the png files of those applications. No other way but to access the phone via ssh to change those files.

    But no matter what I try I cannot reinstall my BSD…Download package failed…

    I’m a bit lazy and don’t want to do everything from scratch again on my phone…

  • aleksandar

    10X M8 IT WORKT G8 FOR ME THANKS A LOTT I STARTED PANIC πŸ˜€ CHEERS M8

  • aleksandar

    10X M8 IT WORKT G8 FOR ME THANKS A LOTT I STARTED PANIC πŸ˜€ CHEERS M8

  • alllie

    thanks so much, you made it work for me! wohoo! πŸ˜€

  • alllie

    thanks so much, you made it work for me! wohoo! πŸ˜€

  • Kate

    After i type in the URL it says ‘could not refresh sources’ ??????????

  • Kate

    After i type in the URL it says ‘could not refresh sources’ ??????????

  • patrick

    i sorta wanna just make love to you right now!!! i had to play with it for a while. but it worked. what i did is deleted source, restarted, opened installer and installed it, but i had to keep clearing queue and messing with it. tanks BRO! πŸ™‚

  • patrick

    i sorta wanna just make love to you right now!!! i had to play with it for a while. but it worked. what i did is deleted source, restarted, opened installer and installed it, but i had to keep clearing queue and messing with it. tanks BRO! πŸ™‚

  • suzhi!

    hello0

  • hello0

  • Worked Great!!! Also does anyone know… if you have the old iphone should you do the new upgrade if it has been hacked? Thanks for any help you can give….

  • Worked Great!!! Also does anyone know… if you have the old iphone should you do the new upgrade if it has been hacked? Thanks for any help you can give….

  • Gorman Lam

    When I first tried this, I got “Refresh failed: Could not refresh sources.”
    Just be patient, delete the http://rep.smxy.org/iphone-apps/ that was added.
    Restart the iPhone and try the process again.
    Eventually it will work, as it did for me.

  • Gorman Lam

    When I first tried this, I got “Refresh failed: Could not refresh sources.”
    Just be patient, delete the http://rep.smxy.org/iphone-apps/ that was added.
    Restart the iPhone and try the process again.
    Eventually it will work, as it did for me.

  • pabloo

    Gorman Lam, how did you restarted your iphone?

  • pabloo

    Gorman Lam, how did you restarted your iphone?

  • Matthew

    Shit, every time i add this Ste packaging keeps coming back HELP!

  • Matthew

    Shit, every time i add this Ste packaging keeps coming back HELP!

  • ok…i did all of this and now, right before the problem is fixed….it tells me

    error: cannot refresh

    what now?

  • ok…i did all of this and now, right before the problem is fixed….it tells me

    error: cannot refresh

    what now?

  • larissacosta

    didn't work for me!!!

  • larissacosta

    didn't work for me!!!

  • Hava

    ” Click EDITÒ€¦and then delete the old Ste Packaging URL
    HOW DO I DELETE THE URL IT IS LOCKED ?

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