Access denied (403) when trying to fetch security updates for Dapper

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sat Nov 17 11:38:19 UTC 2007

On Sat, Nov 17, 2007 at 12:14:41PM +0100, Krzysztof Lichota wrote:
> Matt Zimmerman napisał(a):
> > Preparing and testing a new update is something which takes time, and should
> > not be rushed.  This temporary emergency measure (which is admittedly
> > confusing for users) prevents further downloads while a proper response is
> > prepared.
> Could you in such cases send announcement that such measure was taken
> and that update will fail (security announcement or at least a message
> on ubuntu mailing lists). It would at least not leave users wondering
> "why the heck is my automatic update not working".

Unfortunately there is no way to reach everyone affected by this measure,
though it is documented in the bug report and should be indexed by Google
shortly if it has not been already.

The security team should follow up to ubuntu-security-announce to notify
users who received the USN once they have prepared a response.

> Especially in case of Adept it is a surprise as it shows the same
> message when it cannot download the file and when packages system is
> broken - which happens often if dependencies are not fulfilled or
> package is half-configured. So I have gone through usual "dpkg
> --configure -a", "apt-get install -f", but it didn't work, as the
> problem lies in completely different place.

Please file this as a bug against Adept, if there is not one already.

 - mdz

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