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Re: APT-GET Problems

Hi Mike,

this isn't exactly a debian-security answer (but then again, I'm not sure
that you've posed a debian-security question), but my recommendation is to
use the apt-proxy package on "server" machine (you can even use
apt-proxy-import to build your proxying "mirror" using the files you've
already pooled).  Then you set up your clients to pull packages from your
apt-proxy box, which will transparently fetch anything asked of it and add
the deb to its cache.  You'll only pay once for the fetch, but have a copy
from that point forward.

Hope that hopes,

On Thu, 2 May 2002, Mike Shepherd wrote:

> 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:
>   uucp
> 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
> [root@generic:pts/0-1!/var/cache/apt/archives]
> # 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
> xec,nosuid,nodev,rsize=8192,wsize=8192,addr=
> [root@generic:pts/0-1!/var/cache/apt/archives]
> #
> 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?
> Cheers!
> Mike Shepherd (AKA: The Sheepster)  Ham: VE7PRT

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