Re: apt not supporting 301 responses?
Stephen Zander wrote:
> Package: apt
> Version: 0.5.4
> Severity: important
> Recently, ftp.kernel.org moved their mirror of Debian to a new
> machine, mirrors.kernel.org. They did the right thing and respond
> with a status of 301 (permanently moved) when you request any url
> under http://ftp.kernel.org/debian (or http://www.kernel.org/debian).
> The problem is that apt doesn't handle 301 status and complains that
> it can't find the necessary Package files. Obviously, I can edit
> sources.list to point to the new localtion but I'm rather suprised
> that apt is not performing the second request in response to the 301
Does apt give a sane error message that would help track down the
problem, or does it generically complain it can't find the files?
If it gave an error message with the reply from the server I'd say
leave it alone. One NEEDS to get the urls updated in the
configuration file. What happens after a while when the original
server with the redirects goes away? Then the user has no idea
where the packages went. I don't think it should follow the
redirects. It should inform the user of the redirects and let the
user update the configuration file. If you want it to follow the
redirects it should notify the user and ask permission to do so.
It should not blindly follow them.
This issue also delves into security related issues quite quickly
as one could modify the config file on a server and have it
redirect to another server to distribute trojaned code. I don't
feel the following of redirects can be silent even if it on the
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