mirror moved, apt-get/aptitude barfs

Onno Benschop onno at itmaze.com.au
Tue Apr 14 10:17:57 UTC 2009

Today I finally got to the bottom of why apt-get/aptitude update was
failing. The owner of an Australian mirror has moved the files to a
different server.

Apart from updating the sources.list, and updating the bug that supplied
the URL to the mirror in the first place, apt-get doesn't appear to be
following a 302 redirect.

Is this expected, normal behaviour, or am I seeing something unusual?

Is there anything that the mirror operator has neglected to do, or
something else?

The ISP is Australia's largest, Telstra BigPond:

The original mirror ( was:

    * http://mirror.gamearena.com.au/ubuntu/

The new mirror ( is now:

    * http://mirror.files.bigpond.com/ubuntu/

Comments, suggestions?

Onno Benschop

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