tool used to download packages?

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Feb 7 18:28:21 UTC 2007

Andy Harrison wrote:

> On 2/7/07, Joe Hart <j.hart at> wrote:
>> I believe you.  I just think it might help.  If you look at your
>> /etc/apt/sources.list file (or look at the repos with adept or synaptic)
>> you should see which sites it's using.  For example, I use:
> I've stuffed a bunch of repositories in there though.  Have a look.
> See anything obvious I can do to improve it?

Do you actually use source packages?  Get rid of all the deb-src entries if
you don't.  Do you use "plf", "medibuntu", etc, etc?  Ditto...

> deb edgy-security main restricted
> universe multiverse
> deb edgy-security universe

those are redundant.

> deb edgy multiverse


> deb edgy main

That, in itself, voids your warranty :-) 

> deb edgy-security main restricted
> universe multiverse

More redundancy - edgy-security is the same set of files, no matter where
your mirror is.  That makes 3 different entries at 2 URLs for

> deb stable non-free

That looks hazardous - you're apparently downloading a package for Debian
and expecting it to work on Ubuntu.  It could...

> deb edgy main
> deb edgy main
> deb edgy main 
> deb edgy main 

Those look redundant too.

[re changing "dpkg"]

> Lots of room for breakage there, definitely.  But after reading that
> lump of comment from the source code, I'm wondering if I'll have a
> choice.  Sounds like they're experimenting with features to make it
> slightly faster, but at the cost of stability.  I'd rather go back to
> a method that works reliably.

"They" haven't experimented with the apt methods in years, unless they're
making mods that have never been mentioned in the changelogs.  You have a
dogs breakfast for your sources, and you blame the application.

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