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Trouble With tluxt/Jens Woody/KDE/ALSA Sound Recipe

[Apparently I need a debconf-utils package, which isn't on the

I'm trying to get sound working on a Woody/KDE-unstable i386 box
(which has a Soundblaster AWE64), using Alsa, and following tluxt's
recent howto doc as amended by Jens Benecke - but I've hit a brick
wall :

I installed the alsa-source deb, and recompiled the kernel :

# apt-get install alsa-source
   [and selected my one & only sound card as "sbawe" 
   during the package setup]
# cd /usr/src
# tar xvzf alsa-driver.tar.gz
# cd linux
# export MODULE_LOC=/usr/src/modules
# export ALSA_CARDS=sbawe
# make menuconfig
   [just to switch off all kernel sound options except 
   basic sound support, which I set to "make as a module"]
# make-kpkg kernel-image

which all worked ok

Jens's recipe then says to run "make-kpkg modules_image", but when I
did that I got :

WARNING: If you want to create the ALSA module package by make-kpkg or
debian/rules, you need to install 'debconf-utils' package!!
make[2]: *** [config] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/alsa-driver'
make[1]: *** [kdist_image] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/alsa-driver'
Module /usr/src/modules/alsa-driver failed.
Hit return to Continue

Well I was up for that, so I had a go :

GBHBW205:/usr/src/linux# apt-get install debconf-utils
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 packages upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 117  not
Need to get 84.3kB of archives. After unpacking 180kB will be used.
Err http://ftp.uk.debian.org testing/main debconf-utils 1.0.22
  404 Not Found
Failed to fetch
.deb  404 Not Found
E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with

Huh ?   Where's debconf-utils gone then ?
Why would I get a 404 from the fetch ?
Is the UK Debian mirror broken ?

Thanks if anyone can explain.
Bristol, UK
"Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather
 straps."             -- Emo Phillips

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