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  1. #1
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    Sep 2009

    Question apt-get repeatedly downloads the same packages

    Had this problem with 8.04 LTS Server then reinstalled - same problem...

    I enable all sources in sources.list then run apt-get update (+reboot) then apt-get upgrade (+reboot). Now everytime I run apt-get update it downloads th same set of files - it is never satisfied! What is going on?

    This is the set of files it downloads EVERYTIME I run it...

    root@server:~# apt-get update
    Get:1 hardy Release.gpg [189B]
    Ign hardy/main Translation-en_AU
    Ign hardy/restricted Translation-en_AU
    Ign hardy/universe Translation-en_AU
    Ign hardy/multiverse Translation-en_AU
    Get:2 hardy-updates Release.gpg [189B]
    Ign hardy-updates/main Translation-en_AU
    Ign hardy-updates/restricted Translation-en_AU
    Hit hardy Release.gpg
    Ign hardy/partner Translation-en_AU
    Hit hardy-security Release.gpg
    Ign hardy-security/main Translation-en_AU
    Ign hardy-security/restricted Translation-en_AU
    Ign hardy-updates/universe Translation-en_AU
    Ign hardy-updates/multiverse Translation-en_AU
    Get:3 hardy-backports Release.gpg [189B]
    Ign hardy-backports/main Translation-en_AU
    Hit hardy Release
    Ign hardy-security/universe Translation-en_AU
    Ign hardy-security/multiverse Translation-en_AU
    Ign hardy-backports/restricted Translation-en_AU
    Hit hardy-security Release
    Ign hardy-backports/universe Translation-en_AU
    Ign hardy-backports/multiverse Translation-en_AU
    Get:4 hardy Release [65.9kB]
    Hit hardy/partner Packages
    Hit hardy-security/main Packages
    Get:5 hardy-updates Release [58.5kB]
    Get:6 hardy-backports Release [51.2kB]
    Get:7 hardy/main Packages [1173kB]
    Hit hardy/partner Sources
    Hit hardy-security/restricted Packages
    Hit hardy-security/main Sources
    Hit hardy-security/restricted Sources
    Hit hardy-security/universe Packages
    Hit hardy-security/universe Sources
    Hit hardy-security/multiverse Packages
    Hit hardy-security/multiverse Sources
    Get:8 hardy/restricted Packages [6397B]
    Get:9 hardy/main Sources [338kB]
    Get:10 hardy/restricted Sources [1488B]
    Get:11 hardy/universe Packages [4254kB]
    Get:12 hardy/universe Sources [1323kB]
    Get:13 hardy/multiverse Packages [174kB]
    Get:14 hardy/multiverse Sources [60.9kB]
    Get:15 hardy-updates/main Packages [463kB]
    Get:16 hardy-updates/restricted Packages [7763B]
    Get:17 hardy-updates/main Sources [117kB]
    Get:18 hardy-updates/restricted Sources [941B]
    Get:19 hardy-updates/universe Packages [200kB]
    Get:20 hardy-updates/universe Sources [43.4kB]
    Get:21 hardy-updates/multiverse Packages [28.7kB]
    Get:22 hardy-updates/multiverse Sources [5394B]
    Get:23 hardy-backports/main Packages [112kB]
    Get:24 hardy-backports/restricted Packages [14B]
    Get:25 hardy-backports/universe Packages [112kB]
    Get:26 hardy-backports/multiverse Packages [14.7kB]
    Get:27 hardy-backports/main Sources [16.3kB]
    Get:28 hardy-backports/restricted Sources [14B]
    Get:29 hardy-backports/universe Sources [26.4kB]
    Get:30 hardy-backports/multiverse Sources [4064B]
    Fetched 8658kB in 13s (626kB/s)
    Reading package lists... Done

    It's giving me no confidence to continue with the install.

    I am a bit of a noob - am I missing something stupid?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Southern California, USA
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: apt-get repeatedly downloads the same packages

    No. What it is getting is the information from ubuntu repositories that you have at your "/etc/apt/sources.list". You can cat out that file and compare it to what its getting.

    Is there any packages that come after that. Does it ask you if you want to install or not?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2009

    Re: apt-get repeatedly downloads the same packages

    Sounds a bit weird - dowloading 8meg just to say there are no updates.

    I'm sure when I've run it through the GUI it has in the past said something like - your system is up to date. If I run it through the GUI at the moment it is doing exactly the same as from the command line...

    The sources.list is the default one with all repositories unhashed.

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