Bug#194601: apt: available file corrupted on update
On Sun, 25 May 2003, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> The "available" file is created by the apt dselect method using "apt-cache
> dumpavail". Do you find something wrong in the output of this command when
> you run it manually? Is the available file already corrupt before dselect
> or dpkg tries to read it?
The available file is actually created by dpkg based on data from
apt-cache dumpavail. apt-cache dumpavail does a direct byte for byte copy
of portions of the files in var/lib/apt/lists so it isn't going to be
mangling only the architecture field.
IIRC there was a bug in older dpkg's that went something like this..