A curious thing happened today with apt-get, that I have never seen before.
I recently upgraded my system from potato to woody, using an official CD
set (7 binary, 7 source). I followed the instructions rigorously, and am
now 99% sure that all is correctly upgraded (but see
This morning I edited /etc/apt/sources.list, re-ordering the cdrom lines
(put there by apt-cdrom) so that they were in ascending order, binaries
first, and adding the following line at the bottom:
deb http://security.debian.org/ woody/updates main contrib non-free
...followed by an apt-get update and an apt-get upgrade, expecting to
get the security updates.
Although this went OK, downloading and upgrading about 16Mb of archives,
I also received a bunch of warnings, both during the update and twice
during the upgrade. The following line or very similar was repeated 28
times (which is twice the total number of CD's):
W: Couldn't stat source package list cdrom://[Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 r0
_Woody_ - Official i386 Binary-1 (20020718)] unstable/contrib Packages
i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
...followed by this line at the bottom:
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
The trouble is, running apt-get update produces the same output again.
These lines as you can see are quite long, wrapping round into 5 lines
each on the screen, so this means I get 140 lines of garbage scrolling
by, masking the (possibly important) messages that are emitted before
them. The same is true if I try apt-get -f install (this should have
produced almost no output, as all packages are installed OK).
I haven't deleted anything in /var/lib/apt/lists, and apart from
re-ordering the cdrom lines in sources.list (which usually has no effect
whatsoever), I haven't done anything at all out of the ordinary. What is
happening here, and more importantly, how do I make it go away? Until I
find the answer, I'm going to need to turn on a transcript log each time
I want to do anything with apt-get, so that I can browse through the log
to see how things went :-(.
BTW after this is fixed, I still want to be able to apt-get install from
the CD's, for those packages that aren't affected by security updates.
< hugge >