Bug#587493: choose-mirror: Strange wget error message in the installation log
On Tuesday 29 June 2010, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> In Debian Edu, we automatically search for error: in the installation
> log to detect errors during installation.
Then it seems you need to make an exception for this error.
> When PXE installing, I get this one:
> Jun 28 23:18:29 main-menu: (process:2840): wget: server returned
> error: HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found
So, one wget results in a 404. As choose-mirror tries various possible
suites and codenames and wgets are used for other purposes as well, a 404
is always a possibility.
> It is a bogus error message that is creating noise and confusion in
> the Debian Edu test installation.
It's not bogus. It's a useful message for troubleshooting and debugging.
The only thing that is a pity is that logging of the error messages to
stderr gets delayed until the component completes.
> The URLs in the log seem to work, so I do not understand why wget is
> complaining. Is there some other wget calls that are not reported to
> the log?
Did you check the code?
> The only wget calls I find in choose-mirror do not throw away error
> messages. Perhaps they should? If so, this untested patch should
> implement it:
NACK. The errors are too useful to suppress.