Apt-get upate problem
Last few days, when I try to do apt-get update on my Etch laptop, it fails
with a number of different errors. I have made about twenty attempts.
First there were gzip errors caused by corrupted partial files left
in /var/lib/apt/lists/partial. Removing these allowed me to try again, but
then there were a number of timeouts resulting in the update not completing.
Persisting with this resulted in a repeat of the first error.
Today I got a message about - and I quote apt-get here - a "Bizarre error" in
which file sizes did not match.
The offending files - meaning that each time they were incomplete or
corrupted - have in each case been:
I eventually managed to to update (and then upgrade) by directly downloading
the above files and manually pasting them into /var/lib/apt/lists. But the
problem has persisted.
Updating works if the testing binary package repository is commented out in
In case it is relevant, I'm on a slow dialup connection while travelling, but
that has not been a problem before.
Does anyone know what could be causing this?
P.S My sources.list has:
# deb file:///cdrom/ sarge main
# deb ftp://ftp.au.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free
# deb-src ftp://ftp.au.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free
# deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free
deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free
testing/security-updates main contrib non-free
deb http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/debian sarge main
deb ftp://ftp.tux.org/java/debian/ testing non-free
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org testing main