Can't branch projects on Launchpad

Dan MacMillan danm at
Thu Jan 26 00:18:31 UTC 2012

Yes, I thought we might have network issues as well.  I asked my colleague, who I share an office with, to run the command though and it works for him.  That kind of rules out any of the common infrastructure, which is pretty much everything upstream of my workstation.


Dan MacMillan


From: Martin Pool [mailto:martinpool at] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 17:16
To: Dan MacMillan
Cc: Bazaar; martin.packman at
Subject: RE: Can't branch projects on Launchpad


I suspect that you or your isp have an http proxy that is interfering with the traffic. If you use only ssh you should avoid the problem. 

On Jan 26, 2012 9:17 AM, "Dan MacMillan" <danm at> wrote:


I only tried branching a couple of projects on Launchpad and they all failed the same way.

I did as you suggested and branched the project over bzr+ssh and it worked.  bzr+ssh is the method we use here to access our repositories as well.  We also have some repositories that we can access over HTTPS, and they also work here using Bazaar.  It just doesn't like Launchpad + HTTP for some reason.

At any rate, using bzr+ssh is a serviceable workaround.  Thanks for assisting me.

Dan MacMillan

-----Original Message-----
From: Martin Packman [mailto:martin.packman at]
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 13:55
To: Dan MacMillan
Cc: bazaar at
Subject: Re: Can't branch projects on Launchpad

On 25/01/2012, Dan MacMillan <danm at> wrote:
> bzr: ERROR: short readline in the readvfile hunk: 'Bazaar pack format
> 1 (introduced in 0.18)\r'

This is a little mysterious, does it happen consistently the same way if you try and branch different repositories, to different places? As you suspected, I have no problem branching that repo over http. One option, if you've not tried it, is to see whether putting a public key on launchpad, telling bzr your launchpad user names like it suggested, and branching over bzr+ssh has the same issue or not.

Apart from that, I haven't got any clever ideas.


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