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APT-GET Problems

Howdy all,
  I am running 2 Linux systems (1 server comprising of a Cyrix 686 chip with 32MB RAM, the other a 486 workstation), and I have the systems set up so that when I run APT-GET on the 486, it checks /var/cache/apt/archives on the server to see if the required files exist before downloading them.  If they do, use them, if not, download ferom the 'net and store in the above-mentioned location.  For some reason, though, I am now getting an error when trying to install/remove/upgrade on the 486.  The server runs fine, no problems there.  But the 486 will not perform the APT-GET functions properly.  I have the error message, and my mount properties below:
# apt-get install uucp
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 0  not upgraded.
E: Could not get lock /var/cache/apt/archives/lock - open (22 Invalid argument)
E: Unable to lock the download directory
# mount
/dev/hda5 on / type ext2 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620) on /home type nfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,rsize=8192,wsize=81
92,addr= on /var/cache/apt/archives type nfs (rw,noe
I realize this may not be enough information to help find a solution, but with some guidance, I can locate more info from my systems for anyone wishing to tackle this problem.
I was told that this method of mounting the server's /var/cache/apt/archives/ directory would make things far more efficient, and that it would be less painful to download things only once.  And I can agree with that as our 'net connection is only a 56k modem.
In the meantime, any takers?
Mike Shepherd (AKA: The Sheepster)  Ham: VE7PRT
If you're ever in trouble on the water, the first thing you'll see is maniacs in a rubber
boat, comin' for to carry you home.

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