Re: Error while running apt-get update
On Wed, Jan 22, 2003 at 08:19:57PM -0600, Jack O'Quin wrote:
> > > Rob Weir <email@example.com> writes:
> > > > These seems to be coming up about once a day on the list, isn't *anyone*
> > > > searching the archives or at least googling?
> > On Wed, Jan 22, 2003 at 12:08:56PM -0600, Jack O'Quin wrote:
> > > Perhaps the default is set too low, and many people are seeing this
> > > problem for the first time?
> Nathan E Norman <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > That's an interesting argument: if the problem is widespread people
> > shouldn't have to do their homework? Seems like the more widespread a
> > problem is, the better life on the list would be iff people did their
> > homework _first_.
> Actually, I didn't make an argument, just a "perhaps".
> If I had made an argument, it would have gone something like this:
> Some people are befuddled by anything new or strange.
> Rob noticed an increase in questions about this problem.
> So, maybe more people are stumbling over it lately.
/me mumbles something about pedantry ...
> Most clue-full, clever Debian users will search the list (like I did)
> and find the answer for themselves. But, there are always going to be
> some people who can't figure it out. If there are enough of them, the
> problem may become annoying.
> In that case, several possible solutions come to mind:
> 1) Insult these stupid people, hoping that they will abandon Debian
> and leave us all alone.
I don't see this happen often. Then again, I don't think a response
of "search the archive" (or STFW) is rude. Having been on the
internet for a while, I have thick skin. Many don't :-)
> 2) Gently teach them how better to solve problems, knowing that
> tomorrow there will be hundreds more who have not yet learned these
> valuable lessons.
I thought that's what we were trying to do.
> 3) Change the default to a more reasonable value so the issue
> doesn't come up so often.
I hate to be Mr. Obvious, but "changing the default" does _no good_
for stable, and stable is, uh, stable for a long time in debian :-)
Stable gets security updates, and that's about it.
> You decide... ;-)
Cool! I am the benevolent dictator!
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