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Re: /var/lib/apt/lists/partial fills entire partition [SOLVED]

On 9/4/15, Tony van der Hoff <tony@vanderhoff.org> wrote:
> On 01/09/15 17:47, Tony van der Hoff wrote:
>> Thanks to all three for very helpful replies.
>> Unfortunately Elimar's suggestion only partially helped; it did not
>> clear /var/lib/apt/lists/partial, although running apt-get update did
>> clear it.  It then soon started filling up again.
>> It would appear that apt-get update is being run automatically; I'm
>> happy for it to do so, provided it works properly.
>> Running apt-get update manually showed an error:
>> Err http://ftp.uk.debian.org jessie-backports/non-free amd64 Packages
>> and the directory started filling.
>> I've now commented out the lines in sources.list referring to
>> jesie-backports, and running apt-get update doesn't seem to fill that
>> directory. I'll have to monitor that one!
>> My conclusion, if the mod fixes it, is that (a) that repository is
>> broken in some way, and (b) apt contains a bug allowing it to misbehave
>> under error conditions.
>> I shall only be at the end of a wet piece of string for my internet
>> connection for the next week, so may not be able to progress this as
>> much as I would like for a while.
>> Thanks again, Tony
> For the sake of the archives, here is the latest situation.
> Having not had the /var partition fill for several days, I re-enables
> jeaaie-backports in my sources.list, and ran apt-get update. No errors,
> and no entries in /var/lib/apt/lists/partial. So, I guess it was the
> mirror at ftp.uk.debian.org that was broken, and it's now been fixed.
> Is there anywhere I can look to confirm this?

I'm sorry I missed that next email of yours. This is another of those
areas that's outside my self-taught knowledge but am going to comment
anyway. I, too, like the automatic option for something like that,
especially if you have an Internet connection with the capacity to
handle it. Meaning not like mine where I have to cherry pick what's
all running at the same time. That 967 BYTES per second I referenced
the other day was no joke. I've just never been fast enough to
printscreen it when it appears on the terminal.

Related to your previous reply about "provided it works properly",
maybe someone here with the knowledge of how it's done can tip you on
setting up a report that's automatically generated when update runs.
That's surely a possibility, and that way you'd be getting a heads up
should anything like this come up again for you.

At least I THINK a report could be generated since I've seen past
threads about similar. The threads just completely went over my head
at the time outside of mentally toggling that learning experience as a
future *to do*....

Cindy :)

Cindy-Sue Causey
Talking Rock, Pickens County, Georgia, USA

* runs... outside *to do* daily chores that never seem *to do* themselves *

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