Benjamin, what you're seeing appears to be bug #1607535. (That bug
report doesn't quote the "/the fonts/" URL directly, but it links to a
comment that does.

I have a bug report (bug #1575408) against ttf-mscorefonts-installer due
to the "Can't drop privileges" warning, but am assuming that that was a
specific instance of the more general bug described here, and so have
marked my bug as a duplicate of this one.

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  Can't drop privileges for downloading : _apt user not allowed

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Bug description:
  Recently we got new versions for synaptic 0.82+build1 & apt 1.1.3, but
  now get that error when installing/upgrading some packages:

  Setting up libc6-dbg:amd64 (2.21-0ubuntu5) ...
  Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.21-0ubuntu5) ...
  W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file 
'/root/.synaptic/tmp//tmp_cl' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - 
pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)

  From nautilus, i'm seeing a /root/ folder locked (x on its icon) and
  the folder is empty (no /.synaptic/ sub-folder or file), so the above

  oem@u64:~$ ls -l .synaptic
  total 4
  -rw-rw-r-- 1 oem oem   0 Aug 25 11:19 options
  -rw-rw-r-- 1 oem oem 236 Aug 25 11:19 synaptic.conf

  oem@u64:~$ ls -l /var/lib/apt/lists/
  -rw-r----- 1 root root        0 Sep 20 06:36 lock
  drwx------ 2 _apt root    16384 Sep 24 15:25 partial

  oem@u64:~$ sudo ls -l /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/
  drwxr-xr-x 2 _apt root 4096 Sep 22 23:33 partial

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
  Package: synaptic 0.82+build1
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.3.0-1.10-generic 4.3.0
  Uname: Linux 4.3.0-1-generic x86_64
  NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
  ApportVersion: 2.19.2-0ubuntu8
  Architecture: amd64
  CurrentDesktop: GNOME
  Date: Fri Dec  4 05:23:25 2015
  SourcePackage: synaptic
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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