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Re: how could Packages mention files that don't exist yet?

On Sat, Oct 18, 2003 at 12:52:24PM +0800, Dan Jacobson wrote:
| How do the mirrors work? 

I don't really know, but I have some guesses.

| Are the Packages files always copied last, to ensure all the
| versions mentioned in them already exist on the disk when you try to
| get them?

I don't think so.

| In what cases could an hours old Packages file mention packages that
| apparently haven't been copied to the mirror yet? E.g.
| http://debian.linux.org.tw/debian/pool/main/f/file/file_4.06-1_i386.deb:
| ERROR 404: Not Found.

I've seen this several times when a package is brand new, and the
Packages file was just updated to include it, but a mirror hasn't
copied it yet.  For example, I use "http.us.debian.org" as my mirror.
That name refers to something like 6 different machines around the
country.  Some are updated sooner than others, so I might get a
Packages file that lists a package that one (or more) of the mirrors
doesn't have yet.  When that happens I either exercise patience and
install the package later, or repeatedly run 'aptitude install' on the
command line until it hits a/the mirror that has the .deb.


Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to
look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from
being polluted by the world.
        James 1:27

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