I was trying to install ctags using homebrew:

>brew install ctags
==> Downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/ctags/ctags-5.8.tar.gz
Already downloaded: /Library/Caches/Homebrew/ctags-5.8.tar.gz
==> Downloading patches

curl: (22) The requested URL returned error: 404
Error: Failure while executing: /usr/bin/curl -f#LA Homebrew\ 0.9.4\ (Ruby\ 1.8.7-358;\ Mac\ OS\ X\ 10.8.5) https://raw.github.com/gist/4010022/8d0697dc87a40e65011e2192439609c17578c5be/ctags.patch -o 000-homebrew.diff

Any idea how I can troubleshoot this?

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HTTP 404 Error: Not found. This means the URL referenced something that no longer exists at that location. The problem isn't with curl, the problem is with the homebrew recipe for ctags -- it's out of date.

You can see this for yourself by pointing a browser to the patch URL that the homebrew recipe is trying to the URL that curl is trying to download from: https://raw.github.com/gist/4010022/8d0697dc87a40e65011e2192439609c17578c5be/ctags.patch

You get a 404 Not Found error from GitHub.

Try updating your recipes, it's likely the ctags recipe is out of date:

brew update

If that doesn't resolve the problem, report it as an issue for the ctags recipe here: https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew/issues

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    brew update fixed it.
    – amphibient
    Dec 19, 2013 at 21:37

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