View Full Version : [ubuntu] apt-get update is timing out

November 28th, 2008, 08:05 AM
First, I want to apologize if this question has already been answered but i could not find the solution.

I just installed 8.04 Server and I want to update all of the packages that are installed. When I run
sudo apt-get update the connection just hangs and times out. This is a fresh install and I am assuming the sources.list file is correct.

I know that it would be bad to update a live production machine without testing it but my server is not critical.

Are there default server settings that I must change to enable updating and upgrading?


November 28th, 2008, 08:45 AM
Well i figured out my update/upgrade problem. One of the first things I did was give my server a static IP address. When I changed this to DHCP the upgrade worked.

So now I have a new question. Is there a reason why a static IP is not allowed to upgrade?

This is what my interfaces file looks like:

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

November 28th, 2008, 09:46 AM
If you are setting a static ip address, you should set it beyond the range of the dhcp addresses supplied by your router. In my case the dhcp range is from to, I set the server static ip address to and


November 30th, 2008, 02:12 AM
I completely agree with cariboo907 above. I often set my servers to the range, but it really doesn't matter as long they don't overlap with other computers.

Your /etc/network/interfaces looks fine. Did you do a 'ifup -a' once done adding info to it? The command ON ONE LINE of:
ifdown -a;ifup -a
should reset much of your network settings and force it to use what you gave.

When setting a server to a static IP address, it is very easy to forget about /etc/resolv.conf which should have the IP of your preffered DNS server(s). Apt-get definitely can work using a static address, but make sure you can ping websites (like google.com, cnn.com, etc) if you go back to static. If pinging websites fail, apt-get will probably fail too.