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Re: apt-get (status file) broken?



On Wed, Jan 01, 2003 at 06:16:59PM -0500, Ian D. Stewart wrote:
> On 2002.12.31 00:25 Adahma wrote:
> >I get the following error when trying to use apt-get or dselect:
> >
> >Hit http://non-us.debian.org unstable/non-US/non-free Release
> >Reading Package Lists... Error!
> >E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room
> >E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room
> >E: Error occured while processing liblircclient0 (NewVersion1)
> >E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status
> >E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
> >
> >I'm running Sid.  I have not seen any related list traffic on such
> >an error, so I'm guessing it's just my system, and a hosed file.
> >Can anyone give direction on how I might rectify such a problem?
> 
> I've gotten this when the package cache starts to get largish.  I 
> suspect this is an implementation mis-feature, where it tries to store 
> the entire package repository in memory, or something like that.  I 
> work around it by periodically (i.e., when I get the Dynamic MMap 
> error) cleaning out the cache via 'apt-get clean'.
 
I'm almost certain that this is not related at all.  Someone else posted
the actual fix below.

-rob

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